Today we could see history in the making. Since George Washington became the first president of the United States in 1789, we have waited 227 years for a female president, and now it looks like 2016 could be the year.
So we asked the marie claire team, "What would a Hillary Clinton win mean to you?"
"When I think that Hillary will win I can’t help but tear-up"
Melissa Gaudron, Deputy editor
"When I think that Hillary will win I can’t help but tear-up. As the only female in my family of five, I know this confounds the men in my life – I’m not even American, why should I get so emotional about this victory?
To try to explain, I liken it to the 2016 football grand finals. You may remember in the AFL, the Western Bulldogs took the title after a 62-year losing streak. In the NRL, the Sharks took the flag after a long 49-year wait. It was an emotional time for diehard fans. Grown men shed buckets of tears.
Well I’ve been a fan of women since the day I was born. I like to see women soar, achieve and win – especially on grand international stages – and there ain’t one much bigger than this. (If I was American, I would definitely have voted with my vag on this one.)
Like all passionate fans, the possibility of a Hillary victory makes me nostalgic and reminisce about all those struggles women have endured season after season - the small victories, the many defeats and the litany of bad-ref calls that kept us out in the wilderness for many, many, many years.
Add to that the fact that a Hils win will means she has defeated the equivalent of the one team in the comp that everyone loathes – the perfect Alpha-deadbeat example of yesterday’s man who we’ve all been complaining about for, like, EVER – and the victory will be even sweeter.
Sisters – and brothers - the premiership drought might soon be over. If we had a team song, I’ll be singing it from the rafters.
Perhaps someone needs to find one of those massive Gatorade buckets and empty it over Hils in a nod to that peculiar big-game celebratory tradition. Maybe then the men in my life might understand what this win means to women everywhere."
“Your best is yet to come Hillary”
Claire Patience, Lifestyle editor
Just look at her, Hillary personifies determination. She stood strong when her husband humiliated her, when the media doggedly attacked her, and when fighting for the role she’s absolutely equipped to do, like no other president before her.
But I also feel sad that she’s had to run against such a cretin like Trump. His amateur and ridiculous campaign has almost robbed Hillary of the honourable win she deserves.
Stand strong Hillary, your best is yet to come.
“The world will finally realise what we’ve known for years”
Nicky Briger, Editor
"That sound? The glass ceiling shattering for women across the globe. When Hillary Clinton assumes the history-making title of Madam President (and I say when, because the alternative is unthinkable) the world will finally witness what women have known for years – that we can do, achieve, conquer anything.
Most poignant of all is President Clinton joins British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and 20 other women world leaders, proving the 21st century is the era of female empowerment. We’ll be cracking open the champagne in the Marie Claire office while my 9-year-old daughter watches history unfold on the classroom TV with her friends at school. Tomorrow will be thrilling, whatever your age, race or gender."
“Hillary Clinton proves that dogged determination will get you there”
Anna Saunders, Executive editor, digital
"It would be easy - sitting here in Sydney - to distance ourselves from the US election. After all, it’s not our country, not our fight (and I think we can all agree that the whole thing’s been a complete and utter circus.)
But there’s more at stake here than the leadership of a foreign country.
If Hillary Clinton wins tomorrow, then she will have proved that bravado, bombast and billions of dollars are no match for dogged determination and sheer grit.
She will have proved that female leaders don’t have to look, sound or act like men to succeed. That being ‘likeable’ is not the ultimate female attribute.
In an age where youth is fetished, where tech nerds make their first billion before they’ve barely left their teens, a Clinton win will prove that it’s possible to peak at 69 - to go on daring, dreaming and hoping.
And that’s the greatest gift a Hillary Clinton win will offer: hope.
Hope for women who would rather be President than First Lady.
Hope for women around the world, who will have a new leader and champion.
And, above all, hope for the next generation of women – including my 18-month-old daughter – who can now aspire higher and therefore achieve more."
“Today I am filled with pride”
Erin Rooney, Digital Content Producer
“As someone who was born in the US and moved to Australia at a young age, I’ve never felt a great loyalty to America.
However, I am filled with pride when I think of the possibility of Hillary Clinton being elected as president. Hillary is an excellent role model for women wanting to define their own leadership style: she cares deeply about people, she listens, she is intelligent, she makes tough decisions and is not concerned about being ‘likeable’ – she just gets on with it! To see someone who has worked every day of their life to get to this point is incredibly inspiring. It’s about time we had a Woman in the White House!”