Wednesday 7 December 2016

Clinton close to breaking 'the highest glass ceiling'

Published 08/06/2016 | 02:30

Eight years ago in an emotional concession speech to Barack Obama, Hillary noted she was unable to 'shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling'. Only time will tell whether she takes the next step. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Eight years ago in an emotional concession speech to Barack Obama, Hillary noted she was unable to 'shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling'. Only time will tell whether she takes the next step. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In 1869, Wyoming's territorial legislature became the first in the US to grant women the vote. It is strange to think that in the home of the free it has taken 147 years for a woman to become the first leader of a major political party.

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That historic honour fell to Hillary Clinton yesterday when she became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Unwilling to give a hostage to fortune by declaring before the results were official, she merely said that she was on the brink of a "historic, unprecedented moment".

Nobody can argue that Ms Clinton's journey has been easy, she has come through hours of gruelling testimony, and she still has to weather the storm over personal emails.

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