July 23rd, 2007
08:06 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton wouldn't be first to break 'glass ceiling'

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said she would be excited to "break that hardest of all glass ceilings" if she wins the race to the White House, but that glass has already been shattered by other female leaders in the world.

Other notable female political leaders are German Chancellor Andrea Merkel, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and President of Chile Michelle Bachelet. India elected its first female president last week, Pratibha Patil.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Quinn, Oakland, CA

    Yes, but she'd be the first woman to be an American president, so her quote was perfectly accurate.

    July 23, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Mike Greco, Cleveland, Ohio

    Hilary was referring to women in this country (United States of America), not other countries. Oops, CNN.

    July 23, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Rein Gabrielsen, San Francisco, CA

    You forgot perhaps one of the most important women to break the glass ceiling; Margaret Thatcher.

    July 23, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. George Fleck, Hollywood, CA

    Yes and no. In comparison to the other nation's with female leaders, yes, she would not be the first to "break the glass ceiling", but it would be the first time the US' "glass ceiling" would be broken and I believe that's was she is rightfully refering to.

    July 23, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. Kristen, Burlington, VT

    She was referring to becoming the first female President of the United States, not that she would be the first female leader in the world.

    July 23, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. Anna, Glendale California

    It was obvious that when she said that she was referring to the "glass ceiling" in the U.S. She mentioned all the other notable female political leaders around the world-just goes to show that although the "glass" has been shattered in other regions, it is yet to be shattered here at home.

    July 23, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Mike Greco

    Thank you, George. Agreed! Oops, CNN.

    July 23, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Andrea New York, NY

    What does this say about the U.S.? We are so wrapped up in debates about if we are ready for a woman president while other nations are already breaking down barriers.

    July 23, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |