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Hillary Clinton Supporters Ecstatic About Historic Moment

Supporters of Hillary Clinton's historic run for the White House were ecstatic Wednesday, a day after the Democratic candidate secured enough delegates to land the party's nomination.

The history part is indisputable, regardless of party preference: She would become the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party in the U.S.

Monica Fitzgerald, for one, is elated. The Walnut Creek resident is a Clinton delegate and a history professor at Saint Mary's College in Moraga.

"I am over the moon," Fitzgerald said Wednesday. "I can’t think about it too much because I will start crying."

Fitzgerald said she plans on watching history all the way through by attending the Democratic convention in Philadelphia next month. The landmark victory could be a teaching moment for her students, too, she said.

"It's shifted the way I would teach a women’s history class now," Fitzgerald said. "You know, again women’s history itself, it started out just excavating, finding women to be able to say look there are women who did things in history."

Not all women voters are celebrating, though. Jenny Burford, of Walnut Creek, said no matter Clinton's gender, she's not a fan.

"I wish we had a good Republican," she said. "Female. That would be great."

Other nations such as Germany, Norway and England have elevated women to the highest office, and though the U.S. may be a late-comer in that department, Fitzgerald said that shouldn't diminish the meaning of Clinton's milestone.

"I think we need to celebrate that as a nation, regardless," she said. "Even if you are not going to vote for her, recognize what this means for America."

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