ST. PAUL, Minn.- Eight years ago Hillary Clinton put cracks in the glass ceiling. This week she shattered it by becoming the first woman to clinch the nomination of a major political party.
Hamline Professor Jean Strait has followed the race closely, taking note of voters and their perceptions on gender.
“She's had a lifetime of service and still it's almost like she had to do three times as much as somebody who would have been a male in that position,” Strait said.
In a country that calls itself progressive, data from the United Nations shows the U.S. falls behind when it comes to women elected to high office. Germany, Argentina, South Korea and Slovenia, just to name a few, have all elected women to lead their country. But in the United States, Strait said our perceptions about women are hard to shake.
“If we have a perception that women aren't strong or have a perception that women might be more irrational…then that's the way people tend to vote and act and think about things,” she said.
But Strait believes those perceptions are slowly fading and Clinton’s historical moment is proof.
“She believed people could do anything and she was told she could do it…breaking some of those walls have been huge,” Strait said.