While Democrats may have failed to break that particular glass ceiling, a different woman who did make history that night seems to have had her accomplishment overlooked by much of the media.
With Donald Trump’s victory, Kellyanne Conway became the first female to run a winning U.S. presidential campaign.
While Conway had reportedly acted as a senior adviser to Trump earlier in his presidential run, it wasn’t until mid-August that she took over as campaign manager.
“I wasn’t hired because of my gender. But it’s a special responsibility.
I want to do right, apart from my gender — I want to do right as a campaign manager.”
Things weren’t exactly pleasant for Conway during the election, either. She regularly faced attacks from Hollywood and the media both in doing her job:
You will come to regret caping for this buffoon. But, go ahead, get your money.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 4, 2016
You know @KellyannePolls it might be time to get off Twitter and polish up your resume.
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 6, 2016
Has any interviewer gotten Kellyanne Conway to actually answer a question? Ever?
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) November 7, 2016
As well as on a more personal basis:
when it's all over Kellyanne Conway can go back to being that mother who kills the better cheerleader so her daughter makes the squad
— Karen Kilgariff (@KarenKilgariff) November 6, 2016
Kellyanne Conway looks like an actress you'd cast to play Ann Coulter in a Weird Al video.
— Chris Regan (@ChrisRRegan) November 8, 2016
Campaign managers spin. Kellyanne Conway lies more than any I have ever seen.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) November 7, 2016
For a well-educated, working mother of four young kids to rise so far on her own terms — in a party often vilified by the left as sexist and misogynistic, nonetheless — certainly seems like a success story worth celebrating.
In the end, that her decidedly historical achievement as a woman has been generally overlooked might have more to do with her political affiliation than anything else.
Her dedication to her goal and her candidate, however, has clearly paid off.