“There was a time when a woman’s opinion did not matter. If you were black, white, Mexican, Asian, Muslim, educated, poor or rich; if you were a woman, it did not matter,” Beyoncé said. “Less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of making history again by electing the first woman president.”
Beyoncé took the stage after brief sets by Chance the Rapper, Big Sean and J. Cole, who all accompanied Jay Z at the Cleveland rally. Beyoncé’s set included her “Formation” – with backup dancers wearing glittering pants suits, a nod to Clinton’s wardrobe of choice – “Freedom” and “Run the World (Girls).” She later joined her husband onstage for “Holy Grail.”
“We have to vote. The world looks to us as a progressive country that leads change. Eight years ago, I was so inspired that my nephew, a young black child, could grow up knowing his dreams could be realized by witnessing a black president in office,” Beyoncé addressed the crowd at the rally, which aimed at mobilizing voters in the key swing state. “And now, we have the opportunity to create more change. I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman lead our country and know that her possibilities are limitless.
“We have to think about the future of our daughters, of our sons, and vote for someone who cares for them as much as we do,” Beyoncé added. “And that is why, ‘I’m with her.'”
Beyoncé and Jay Z then introduced Clinton to the Cleveland crowd, with the former Secretary of State thanking Beyoncé and Jay Z and quoting the rapper’s “My President Is Black” during her speech. “Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther could walk, and Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run, and Barack Obama ran so all the children could fly,” Clinton said.