Acclaimed actress Meryl Streep capped a star-studded evening at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday with a rousing endorsement of Hillary Clinton, putting the newly anointed presidential nominee among the pantheon of barrier-breaking American women.
Taking the stage in Philadelphia wearing an American-flag-print dress, the Suffragette and Florence Foster Jenkins star said of Clinton, “Where does she get her grit and her grace? Where do any of our female firsts, our path-breakers, where do they find that strength?”
Streep went on to compare Clinton to such pioneers as Sandra Day O’Connor, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, and Eleanor Roosevelt, and hailed her nomination as a watershed moment.
“Nearly 100 years after women got the vote, you people have made history,” Streep told the crowd. “And you’re going to make history again in November because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president, and she will be a great president. And she will be the first in a long line of women, and men, who serve with grit and grace. She’ll be the first, but she won’t be the last.”
Watch a clip of Streep’s remarks above.