Hillary Clinton on Thursday night accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, thus becoming the first woman ever to secure a major US party's presidential nomination. Clinton presented a positive picture of the United States in her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, promised to make the US a country that worked for everyone and said she would bring in more jobs.

She also took a dig at her rival Republican contender Donald Trump, saying he was sowing fear and divisiveness. “He wants to divide us – from the rest of the world, and from each other,” she said. The 68-year-old former Secretary of State called for steady leadership and collective spirit. She hailed the significance of her nomination for women, saying it was a milestone. “When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit,” said Clinton adding that she was happy for grandmothers and little girls and “everyone in between”.

Clinton also took the opportunity to thank the supporters of Bernie Sanders. She addressed them directly, saying, “I want you to know, I've heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion." President Obama congratulated her at the conclusion of her speech. "Great speech," he tweeted.

Clinton was officially nominated by the Democratic Party last week. She has been endorsed by President Barack Obama, former president Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and party rival Bernie Sanders, among others.