Mid-Michigan women's rights groups react to historic presidential nomination

Posted: 7:25 PM, Jul 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-29 07:37:54-04

For the first time in American history, a woman will accept a major party's presidential nomination Thursday. It's been a move that many women's rights groups have been looking forward to for quite some time.

At the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing, many women are recognized for their hard work in society.

"It's a very exciting time to see a woman break sort of the political glass ceiling," said Emily Fijol, Executive Director at the Michigan Woman's Historical Center and Hall of Fame.

Some of the women recognized in the hall of fame, dating back decades ago, would of never thought they'd see the day of a female president.

"I think it represents the sort of ideal of the American dream that anyone who works hard can achieve their goals in this country," said Fijol.

Many woman's rights groups have recently noticed new trends in the workplace, women taking on leadership rolls.

"There are more women leading major companies especially in our own state," said Fijol. "There are more women entering stem fields science such as technology, engineering, and math."

In recent decades Jennifer Granholm was elected as Michigan's first female governor, Mary Barra was the first female to take on the roll as CEO of General Motors, and Lou Anna Simon became Michigan State University's first female president.

Mary Pollock joined the Michigan National Organization for Women in 1971, she says she never though progressing women's rights would've taken so long.

"I thought we'd get this done in 5-10 years," said Pollock. "I was naive at the time, I thought i could move on to other things."

Many women's rights groups hope young woman will see Hillary Clinton's accomplishment has an inspiration.

"Don't let folks say things about you to deter you from your goal, you can achieve it if you work really hard," said Figol.

"Frankly women have to work twice as hard because it's not seen as or the expected norm," said Figol.