Clinton received the endorsement of the National Organization for Women, a group of half a million members who support feminist candidates for elective office.
Asked if she viewed herself as a feminist, Clinton said by the standard definition, yes.
“If you look in the dictionary, the word feminist means someone who believes in equal rights for women in society, in the economy, the political process — generally believes in the equality of women. And I certainly believe in the equality of women,” she said.
Her response was met with enthusiastic cheers from the crowd.
The New York senator and Democratic front-runner has launched a nationwide outreach to women voters, who are a majority of the electorate. The NOW endorsement was expected, and the Clinton campaign hopes the group’s membership will strengthen the ranks of campaign volunteers and supporters.
The senator is trying to smash the highest glass ceiling in the nation by becoming the first woman elected president. Part of a generation of women who expanded opportunities for women in the workplace, she has sought to frame her current campaign as a historic event.
“This is really an emotional moment for me…” Clinton said.