Besides the election of the first woman President today, America will also witness the ascension of the highest elected Jewish public official in American history.
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York will become the Democratic leader in the Senate, either Senate Majority Leader or Senate Minority Leader, depending on which party controls the US Senate.
We have had Jewish Supreme Court Justices, and a Jewish Vice Presidential nominee (Joseph Lieberman), but to have a Jewish Senator be the leader of his party and, hopefully, Majority Leader, is a real step toward progress!
It has finally happened!
Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Presidential nominee, the first woman to gain that opportunity on a major party line!
But remember that it is the Democratic Party which gave us the first Catholic President, John F. Kennedy, and the first African American President, Barack Obama!
Also, it was the Democratic Party that gave us the first woman Vice Presidential nominee, Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro of New York and the first Jewish Vice Presidential nominee, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, along with the first Catholic Vice President, Joe Biden.
It was a Democratic President, Woodrow Wilson, who gave us the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis.
The Democratic Party is the party of equal opportunity, including three Jews presently on the Court (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan); three women presently on the Court (Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor) ; and the first Latina Supreme Court Justice (Sotomayor).
And it was great today to see the first African American President, Barack Obama, wholeheartedly endorsing the first woman Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton!