Clinton Can See The Cracks In That Highest, Hardest Glass Ceiling

"It's been an incredible journey."

Hillary Clinton almost made it through her entire concession speech without her signature composure faltering. But then the former Secretary of State addressed the women and girls who supported her during her campaign. As she spoke, her voice temporarily seemed to waver, but she delivered the emotional message with grace:

"To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion," Clinton said. "To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful."

If Clinton had won, she would have become the first woman ever elected to the United States' highest office. Though a leader on the world stage, the country has yet to catch up to the 59 others that have already named a woman head of state.  When Clinton became the Democratic nominee in June, she spoke to the milestone of being the first woman to be chosen as a major party's presidential candidate.

"It's been an incredible journey," Clinton told reporters. "My supporters are passionate. They are committed. They have voted for me in great numbers across our country for many reasons. But among those reasons is their belief that having a woman president will make a great statement, a historic statement, about what kind of country we are, what we stand for. It's really emotional."

On Election Day, A Plus spoke to a number of women who had gone to the polls to vote for their first female president. They posed with placards denoting how long their wait to be represented in the Oval Office has been. Some have waited over 70 years for a woman to be a major party nominee and a true contender.

Photo via Clarissa-Jan Lim
Photo via Clarissa-Jan Lim

Millions of men and women from across the country tuned in to news broadcasts last night to see if that wait would finally be over, but, with Donald Trump's win, it became clear that a history-making female president-elect is still in the offing. 

Clinton, for her part, remains optimistic for American women.

"I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling," Clinton said in her speech. "But someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now."

You can watch her full speech below: