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A woman in the White House? Tyler women talk about the possibilities

Electing Barack Obama has broken all kinds of molds in America, not only for minorites, but women who came a long way in this presidential campaign.

It seems everyone, including women, are feeling more empowered now, but as KLTV 7's Courtney Lane explains, there's still progress to be made. Some women in East Texas say it's only a matter of time before America elects it's first female president.  

After her defeat, Hillary Clinton said, "We weren't able to shatter the glass, but it does have about 18 million cracks in it now."

It's a statement Barbara Bass can relate to. She became Tyler's first female mayor, and knows just how tough it is for women to rise to power.

"I know when I was elected Mayor someone called me a non-traditional candidate. You know, I get up everyday and I'm a woman, whether I'm Mayor or not, and people laugh but for those of us who have worked, who have the credentials, I'm glad to see America is looking at credentials and what the ability of the person is."

This presidential election has many women fired up, excited about what the future could bring.

"I'm hearing stories about kids who maybe thought before, 'Why should I try so hard I'm not going to be able to reach my full potential, they won't let me, someone will hold me back.'...are now thinking maybe if I try a little harder I can get to where I want to be," said Tyler lawyer Karen Roberts.

"We're proud. Not only for women, not only for African Americans, but we are proud for America...this is our year to unite," said Mary Terry, from Flint, acknowledging that this election has opened many doors.

"Of course, it's taken time but I think people are learning to accept that potential doesn't have a particular face to it," said Karen.

And who says that face can't one day be a woman's?

"Eventually it will come a time where a woman will be put in that position, which would be a great thing," said Demica Green of Tyler.

"I think we will see a female President...it's just a matter of time," said Mayor Bass. "We will get there."

You'll remember Geraldine Ferraro was the first female to run for vice presidential candidate in 1984. That was the Democratic party VP ticket, and Sarah Palin, who was John McCain's choice for VP in 2008, was the first woman to be offered the VP position on a Republican ticket.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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