Hillary Clinton's History of Talking About Glass Ceilings

She says she hopes to break the "highest, hardest" one.

ByMeghan Keneally and Lindsey Jacobsen
November 02, 2016, 6:03 PM

— -- This presidential election has been historic in a number of different ways--one of the most notable is the first time a woman has been nominated for the presidency.

On Nov. 8, an even higher glass ceiling may be broken: the first woman elected as President of the United States.

Hillary Clinton has spoken about her effort to break the "highest, hardest glass ceiling" for years, notably during her concession speech at the 2008 presidential race when then-Sen. Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee.

When she officially became the first female nominee of a major party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the symbolism wasn't lost on convention organizers. She spoke to the convention via video after a virtual glass ceiling was broken on screen.

Now her team is teeing up another symbolic entrance, having arranged her Election Night party at New York City's Javits Center, a convention center made largely of glass.

Though Clinton may seem to be emphasizing the idea more while campaigning, she has been a women's rights and gender equality advocate for decades.

One of her more memorable quotes was as First Lady in a 1995 speech to the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

"Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights," she said, "once and for all."

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