Californians React to Hillary Becoming Nominee

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SACRAMENTO -- Snuggling with her three children, Christine Shelby almost can't believe she's listening to a former president and possible first First Gentleman extol his wife's presidential virtues - on the day she received the Democratic Party's nomination for the highest office in the land.

Does this moment open new doors for her 4-year-old Madison?

"I think it ... it does ... but I also think she's not going to know any different and that's amazing," said Shelby from her Sacramento home.

Just a day ago if she or anyone in the DNC convention hall had been showing their daughters a picture book of presidential nominees, the picture would have been very different.

"Well I'm looking at this list.. and I'm looking at the pictures of who was previous and don't really see me. I don't really see how I could be president, she said.

It's a massive corner turned, even for those whose focus was more on the grand themes of this election cycle not on gender.

"I was an early Bernie supporter, but I am a part of the Democratic Party, so I am planning to vote for Hillary now." said Flojaune Griffin-Cofer, also of Sacramento.

"I think it's important when we think about equality in this country and progress that we are beginning to see more people who represent the diversity of the United States occupying positions of authority," she said.

It's that diversity of viewpoint - possibly headed to the most prestigious policy-making table - that the executive director of California Women Lead says could have the most impact up and down tickets across the country.

The group is non-partisan and urges women of all political stripes to run for office.

"[Hillary] really shows that when women put their mind to it, they are just as capable of running for office. They are capable of being president just like they're capable of being mayor of a city," said Rachel Michelin, the executive director of California Women Lead.

And perhaps the biggest impact of Hillary on July 26, 2016 after a June 3, 2008 is completely gender neutral.

"Sometimes you're defeated and you pick yourself up. And it's what you do in defeat that can lead to greater opportunities in the future," said Michelin.