Report from Denver: Hillary Clinton and Glass Ceilings

By August 26, 2008General

(Note: NAM’s Executive Vice President Jay Timmons is blogging from the National Democratic Convention in Denver this week.)

No doubt the Democratic convention will make history when the party officially nominates the first African-American presidential candidate.

But another historic moment will come this week when Hillary Clinton receives more delegate votes than any female candidate for President ever has.

It’s hard to believe that in this magnificent country, women only achieved the right to vote 88 years ago. It is unreal that my own grandmother – who worked the polls nearly every year – didn’t have that cherished right when she was born.

But how times have changed. I proudly watched my own mother shatter the glass ceiling as one of the first female CEOs in southern Ohio.

I have the privilege of working with outstanding female legislators in the House and Senate, as well as Governors, on both sides of the aisle. 

And women are moving into CEO suites in more and more manufacturing companies every day.

Mary Andringa, CEO of Vermeer Manufacturing and the Chair of the NAM’s small and medium manufacturers, is one example of the present and future leadership of manufacturing.

And now Hillary. There will be more. And the door will stay open in both parties.

Senator Clinton’s speech in the Pepsi Center in Denver hit all the right chords for the Democratic faithful. She brought the crowd to their feet and tears to their eyes on more than one occasion.

The Senator called on her supporters to get behind Barack Obama and work for his election. “Whether you voted for me or for Barack, the time is now to unite,” she extolled.

Recent polls indicate that over one in four Hillary backers aren’t yet sold on Barack Obama. If Sen. Clinton matches her supportive words for the Obama-Biden ticket with active deeds, perhaps her faithful will come home for the nominee in November.

In the meantime, Senator Clinton will continue to serve in the Senate for at least four more years. Now that her campaign for President has ended, manufacturing workers look forward to working with her to support pro-manufacturing policies and help her increase her NAM support index from its current bleak 16 percent.

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector.
Jay Timmons

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