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East Texas women declare: 'It's time for the glass ceiling to be shattered'

(Source: KLTV staff) (Source: KLTV staff)
Smith Co. Commissioner JoAnn Hampton. (Source: KLTV staff) Smith Co. Commissioner JoAnn Hampton. (Source: KLTV staff)
Shirley McKellar, democratic congressional candidate for District 1. (Source: Shirley McKellar) Shirley McKellar, democratic congressional candidate for District 1. (Source: Shirley McKellar)
Andie Rathbone, League of Women Voters Tyler. (Source: KLTV staff) Andie Rathbone, League of Women Voters Tyler. (Source: KLTV staff)
(KLTV) -

The first-ever female presidential nominee for a major party sent shockwaves through the country.  Sound and video effects simulated a shattering glass ceiling during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  

An East Texas political candidate seated in the DNC crowd called the moment of Hillary Clinton nomination electrifying. 

"People were yelling. They were screaming 'shatter that glass ceiling!'" Dr. Shirley McKellar said. 

McKellar has been running for U.S. Congress District 1 in East Texas since 2012, a seat never before held by a woman. 

"We [are] 51 percent women in Texas, I say it's now time for the glass ceiling to be shattered in East Texas," said McKellar. "So many women [in Philadelphia] are telling me they are going to get more involved in politics when they return home."  

League of Women Voters of Tyler president Andie Rathbone said that regardless of the person's political party, she would like to see more women voting and participating in politics.

"Really, it's about time. England is on its second woman prime minister. There's been a woman prime minister in Pakistan, in Germany," said Rathbone. "[America's] not at the forefront. We're catching up."

In 2015, according to the Texas Tribune, 19.8 percent of 181 Texas state legislators were women. Texas ranked 29th in the nation for its percentage of female lawmakers; the national average of female state legislators was 24.4 percent.

"What we want to do is to encourage our young ladies to get into politics, and to do that, they need to see good role models," Smith Co. Commissioner JoAnn Hampton said.  "And that is Hillary Clinton."

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