At Women’s Voices for Change, we don’t engage in partisan politics. But for women across the political spectrum, Hillary Clinton’s achievement of becoming the first woman to be the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party is a truly historic moment.

The first female presidential candidate was Victoria Woodhull, who was nominated by the Equal Rights Party. Her vice presidential running mate was Frederick Douglass. Since then dozens of women have been on the ballot, including Shirley Chisholm, Sonia Johnson, Roseanne Barr and Gracie Allen.

Clinton, though, will be the first standard bearer for one of the two dominant parties.

Many people marked the shattering of this glass ceiling on Twitter:

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  • Susan Bennett June 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Yes, I think your son and many others have bought into the misrepresentations of Hillary coming from all sides. The extreme negative views that conservatives have been repeating endlessly for many years in order to bring her down have also had an effect on many Democrats who have bought the lines about her untrustworthiness and dishonesty. In truth she has worked hard her whole life for causes she believes in and done her best at every job! Has anyone, including Bernie, been inspected so closely? To get a real picture listen to those who have known her and worked with her for years. She is authentic, the hardest worker imaginable and has vision. This is not to say she hasn’t made mistakes. Who wouldn’t in such a long career? I have heard many Bernie supporters say the most false, even hateful things about Hillary. I hope Bernie starts to counteract that extreme view.

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  • Mickey June 9, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I’m sorry to rain on everyone’s parade. My son tells me so much negative stuff about Hillary that I’ve begun to doubt whether she’s a good choice, much less a choice at all. So depressing. Is my son believing the media, the internet blather? I don’t know. Who know? What a world.

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