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What Hillary Clinton’s Nomination Means to Women in Hollywood

Hillary Clinton made history on Tuesday night by becoming the first woman to clinch the presidential nomination of a major political party. To reflect on this barrier-breaking moment, Variety surveyed top players in the entertainment and media industry about what it means to them. 

Amy Pascal, head of Pascal Pictures and former co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment 
“I, like many other women of my generation, never realistically imagined that in our lifetime, we would see a woman standing as the leader of one of the two major political parties. Not because we didn’t think a woman could handle the job but because none of us could imagine how someone was going to find a way to break into that macho boy’s club that ran the political system in our country. Well, now that last glass ceiling has been shattered by Hillary and it is thrilling to know that little girls across the country and around the world will finally and realistically be able to believe that there is nothing that they cannot accomplish and no goal that they can’t reach. It’s a great day!”

Terry Press, president of CBS Films
“I think that whether or not you actually support her, there is no arguing or denigrating what she has accomplished and the significance of the achievement. And the agenda that other candidates keep pushing that she represents a step backward because the Clintons are the political establishment could not be more ironic. How could there be a bigger step forward? How long has it been since Cherry Jones played the President on ‘24’?  You have to love that TV got there before reality.”

Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. president of worldwide marketing and distribution
“Beyond this being a historic moment in our country’s history, Hillary is a great candidate and will make a great president. She’s brilliant, she’s experienced and she has faced gender-based scrutiny and criticism with poise and intelligence. She makes me proud to say, ‘I’m with her.’”

Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks
“Regardless of your political views, a historical moment is just that. Being the first female nominee for President of the United States is a meaningful milestone. We need to find ways to come together as Americans and not have it be about, sex, race or political affiliation. Hopefully, the next (President) can inspire that change and a get a new generation excited by the political process.”

Courtney Kemp Agboh, creator and executive producer of Starz’ “Power”
“Growing up, I thought because I was black and female, there were two reasons I could never be president. Now I know they were both wrong.”

Jennie Snyder Urman, executive producer and co-creator of The CW’s “Jane the Virgin”
“I teared up several times during Hilary’s speech, but the tears really came when she spoke about how she wished her mother were here to witness her daughter becoming the Democratic nominee for president. And I realized I wasn’t only crying because of what her mother didn’t see, but also because of what my very young children WILL see. It was a stunning night, a stunning speech, and it’s about damn time.”

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, member of the national finance committee for Hillary Clinton and founder/CEO of The Gotham Group
“Aside from the obvious, that she will be an incredible president, she is  a shining example of how ability, passion and relentlessly pursuing one’s goals and what is right can help someone excel, even with headwinds created by biases in our society.  As we approach the nation’s 240th birthday, we finally have our first woman candidate from a national party, and hopefully will have the first woman president. Just as in the entertainment industry, where women often have to work much harder than their male counterparts, so too do women in politics.  Yet another glass ceiling has been shattered, and this is good news for both women in entertainment and for the women of our nation broadly.”

Lori McCreary, executive producer of CBS’ “Madam Secretary,” CEO of Revelations Entertainment and president of the Producers Guild of America
“This history-making step is a proud moment for all Americans. It’s a gratifying feeling to be on the right side of history.”

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