We at EMILY’s List, where history is made, were thrilled to honor Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday at our Women in Power luncheon.  We were so proud to be joined by EMILY's List women Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and the next President of the United States, Sen. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy The ideological divide on vaping has a clear winner: Smokers Biden struggles to hit it off with millennials MORE (D-N.Y.). We were delighted to share the stage with and help introduce these remarkable women.Stepping onto that stage to greet a sea of faces, male and female, of every age and color—the diverse faces of EMILY’s List—reminded us that though we celebrate the dramatic firsts of women like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, they don’t happen on their own.

Our successes are the result of hundreds of thousands of little firsts. A child decides to raise her hand in class for the first time and discovers it’s okay to be both smart and a girl. A woman decides to write a letter to the editor because she’s mad as hell and not going to stay silent anymore and who cares what the neighbors think. A mother decides that if she runs for school board, maybe then her kids could finally start getting the quality education that all American children deserve. A teenager decides to get up early and vote before class because even if it makes only a tiny difference, that difference is hers to make.

Today Hillary told a story about her experience at an event for the documentary “Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women In Sports." The film reveals the difficulties faced by female athletes and the importance of Title IX for evening the playing field. Hillary shared with us what one female basketball star told her: “Dare to compete, Mrs. Clinton.