I've never though of myself as a feminist. I'm someone who believes in equality, and who works to ensure fairness regardless of sex, race, colour or any other differences humans might have. But not a bra burning feminist.
Hillary Clinton's 10 year bid for the White House, and last night clinching the Democratic nomination, has sparked something deep inside. It has awakened a passion, and possibly an anger, that I didn't know I had.
The attacks on her hair, her voice, her age, her decision to 'stand by her man', her clothes, her make-up have never been levelled at a man. She has come through these attacks with pride and with a sense of purpose that is inspiring to see. She has walked a path for woman all over the world that demonstrates that no-matter what society throws at women, we have the resilience, the intelligence, the drive and the ambition to succeed.
Hillary is an exceptional female role model. She is a history maker and a trailblazer. She is a feminist. I'm inspired by her and I'm happy to call myself a feminist. I'm committed to doing whatever I can to empower, encourage, and support women who want to walk a different path. Who want to make a difference. And who want to make the world a better place. And for that, I'd like to say thank you Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton has thanked her supporters for helping her reach a historic moment for women - the US Democratic nomination for president. "Thanks to you, we've reached a milestone," she told cheering crowds at a rally in New York. Mrs Clinton hailed "the first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee".