Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke with passion, and political conviction on her big night.  She did more than the political pundits expected that she could or would do on Tuesday night in Denver.  She gave a mile high speech that was articulate, that described her extraordinary campaign as the first woman who almost became the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, and then she did what she needed to do with grace and determination.

Senator Clinton made it clear to her supporters that she and they had fought a great fight but that the goal was Democratic victory in the upcoming Presidential election.  She left no doubt that she would give the Obama campaign all her support and that those who had really believed in her platform, needed to join the fight to put a Democrat in the White House this year.

The boys in the back rooms of politics and the pundits with the make-up and hot air got it wrong again. Filled with their certain smug remarks about her anger, her certainty to become a spoiler and inability to be the support  that Senator Obama badly needs when she didn’t get the victory, they spent hours on Monday and before her speech reading the flight patterns of birds and leaking secrets from campaign gofers.

Senator Clinton and the women who supported her understand the big picture and used this night, her night, to move the Democratic Party toward that illusive idea, unity, but also to make it clear that without the women of their party, the Democrats will not win in November.

Senator Clinton made it possible for women to be seen as leaders who know how to fight and never back down.  She then made it possible for women to be seen as part of the process, and perhaps a big part of victory.

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