By Anita Kumar
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) For the first time in American history, a Woman has locked up a major party’s nomination for president. According to Gallup, it looks like we are ready. Gallup has polled Americans on the issue since 1937 when only one in three said they would vote for a qualified woman. In 2015, it had expanded to more than nine in 10.
No matter your preference of candidate, party or ideology, Tuesday marks a defining moment in the United States.
For the first time in 240 years, a woman, Hillary Clinton, has locked up a major party’s nomination for president, and is now within shot of winning the White House itself in November.
“I think we’re close to that moment where we are finally going to break that glass ceiling,” said former Vice President Walter Mondale, who as presidential nominee in 1984 selected the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket. “We should rejoice in that. It changes our society.”
Girls growing up today will see that a woman at the very least can be competitive when it comes to the most important job in the most powerful country. Yet that change, which comes eight years to the day after Barack Obama broke another barrier by becoming the first African-American to clinch a nomination, has come slowly.
It took more than two decades after Mondale selected the late Geraldine Ferraro for a second woman to appear on a major national ticket when John McCain tapped Republican Sarah Palin to be his running mate.
A handful of other women have run for president, but it wasn’t until 2008 that Clinton became the first female candidate to vie seriously for the White House. In 2012, Rep. Michele Bachmann ran for the Republican nomination, but fell far short. This year, businesswoman Carly Fiorina did the same but gained little traction in a crowded Republican field.