Much has been made of the fact that Hillary Clinton is the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major political party in the US and if elected would be the first woman US president. This is undoubtedly an important step and I can see why so many Americans are savoring the moment. For me personally, my reaction is “What took America so long?” since Sri Lanka elected the first woman head of state back in 1960 and many, many other nations have done so since.
The Sri Lankan leader dominated politics for over two decades so for me living in a country with a female leader is not a novelty. The fact that Clinton winning the nomination is seen as overcoming such a big hurdle is really a sign of how backward the US has been in its acceptance of women as equals.
Stephen Colbert makes the same point, saying that Clinton winning would enable the US to catch up with 1960 Sri Lanka.