This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 8, 2008 - Hillary Clinton was the first serious woman contender for a presidential nomination. During a long and tortuous campaign, she was a solid favorite of women Democrats, particularly among older women.
Reasons for this support may vary: the voter could be a fan of Hillary, an admirer of the Clinton presidency, or could agree on issues such as health care. Not least, many wanted to see a woman in the White House. If Clinton had been elected president, the ultimate glass ceiling would have broken and a balm would have helped many women who have endured discrimination in the workforce, the judicial system or education.