At the end of her bid for the presidency, Hillary Clinton addressed her supporters. "Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it has about 18 million cracks in it and the light is shining through like never before," she said. A year after Clinton staged a major campaign for the White House, many commentators say the first female president is still a long way away.
The men of MSNBC's First Read suggest that part of the problem is the scarcity of female governors. "One of the main reasons why we've had so few female presidential
possibilities is because not enough women have become governors, which
still remains the best stepping stone to the presidency." (Read the Atlantic Wire's coverage of women as the next great hope of the GOP here.) Other commentators offer a different theory. They argue that women continue to face enormous challenges in balancing work and family life, and in winning equal pay.