For nearly two years, Hillary Clinton was lauded by Democrats as a history maker for her potential to be the first woman elected president. She promised voters she would finally break the “glass ceiling.”
However, Clinton lost — again, just like she did to then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008.
But there’s one woman who made history this election that no one is talking about. Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager, made history this year after she became the first woman to successful run a winning presidential campaign.
“She didn’t break the glass ceiling. I did,” Conway was reported to say following President-elect Donald Trump’s decisive win over Clinton.
Last night, @KellyannePolls : “She didn’t break the glass ceiling. I did.” (She’s the first female campaign director to win a presidential.)
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) November 9, 2016
Conway was Trump’s third campaign manager, taking the reigns from Paul Manafort and Corey Lewandowski. Prior to her promotion, she was a senior adviser to the billionaire businessman.
But for Conway, who acknowledges she’s in a male-dominated industry, it wasn’t her gender that set her apart or made her successful, it was her winningness to work hard.
“I wasn’t hired because of my gender. But it’s a special responsibility,” she told CNN in October. “I want to do right, apart from my gender — I want to do right as a campaign manager.”
She added in a previous interview with the New Yorker, “I tell people all the time, ‘Don’t be fooled, because I am a man by day.’”
In addition to making history as the first woman to win a presidential campaign as campaign manager, Conway could potentially break another glass ceiling: by becoming the first woman to be chief of staff to a sitting U.S. president.
According to multiple reports this week, Trump is considering Conway, Lewandowski and RNC chairman Reince Priebus for the position.