As Hillary Clinton moves closer to becoming the first woman ever to be nominated for president by a major political party, it's worth asking: why has it taken so long for an American woman to get this close to the Oval Office?
Part of the answer is slow-changing public attitudes.
Ellen Fitzpatrick, history professor at the University of New Hampshire. Her latest book is "The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women's Quest For The American Presidency." She tweets @EllenFitzp.
- "Some of the threads Fitzpatrick traces through her subjects’ stories prove disheartening. She writes of how Woodhull attributed her career in politics to a spirit who had appeared to her in childhood and prophesied 'that she would become the ruler of her people,' while Smith’s explanation of her success was a vague nod to destiny: 'It was just to be and I had little to do about it.' And while no one would describe Hillary Clinton as a shrinking violet, recall her aw-shucks assertion during a recent debate: 'I never thought I’d be standing on a stage here asking people to vote for me for president.' It’s a reminder of how hard it remains for women to simply admit to ambition."
This segment aired on May 11, 2016.