Clinton Run at Glass Ceiling Leaves Mixed Legacy

Some see gender roles smashed, others see them enforced, by Hillary's run
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 10:43 AM CDT
Clinton Run at Glass Ceiling Leaves Mixed Legacy
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., poses with a supporter's sign at a campaign rally in Mayfield, Ky., Sunday, May 18, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

While some observers look at the waning Hillary Clinton campaign and see a milestone in the march of gender equality—“a historic if incomplete triumph”—others, especially Clinton’s female supporters, see “a depressing reminder” of lingering sexism. The New York Times examines the mixed legacy of the first viable presidential run by a woman.

Evidence of progress: Being a woman was arguably an advantage, rather than a disadvantage, in Clinton's campaign, and when she faced conspicuous sexism on the stump—or in the media—it prompted an outpouring of votes and donations that actually prolonged her candidacy. But some express frustration that the candidate once saddled with an official title ending with “lady” didn’t lead a dialogue on gender. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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