From First Lady to First Woman President? What Firsts Can Mean for Public Policy

Sage House News: The Cornell University Press Blog

By Barbara Perry, co-editor of 42: Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton

June 27, 2016 was a landmark day for women, with the convergence of the presidential campaign and the U.S. Supreme Court’s final day of its term. Almost at the very moment that Hillary Clinton, wearing the mantle of the presumptive presidential nominee of a major American party, and Senator Elizabeth Warren were debuting their “sister act” in Cincinnati, “the Supremes” were handing down a landmark decision on abortion that would bolster women’s rights across the country.

clinton-warren-cropped.png Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren’s pioneering “sister act” may signal significant shifts in public policy towards women.

The sight of Senator Warren, in a public job interview for vice-presidential candidate, and former Senator and Secretary of State Clinton standing side by side, their arms raised in a previously male-candidate victory pose, was striking. Should a Clinton-Warren ticket materialize, it could generate the kind of excitement…

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