Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton called Tuesday for the majority of voters — women — to help her break the nation's highest glass ceiling by electing her the first female president.
"Today, women are a majority of the voters, a majority of students in college, and we are a growing presence in the Congress. But there are still far too few women in leadership positions," Clinton told a crowd of roughly 1,300 at a luncheon for EMILY's List, a national political committee that raises money for Democratic women candidates who favor abortion rights.
The group already supports Clinton's bid, but Clinton urged women to actively work for her as the favorite daughter in the 2008 campaign.
"I hope you'll join me on the campaign trail," she said. "When we throw open the doors of opportunity and break those glass ceilings, then we give everyone in America a chance to be all that he or she can be."
The senator from New York is part of a generation of women who broke the so-called "glass ceiling" of advancement for females in the workplace, but she said the current government should do more to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
She also chided the Bush administration for what she said was failing to fully track national data on gender disparities at work. Yet, in a sign that women voters have many of the same political concerns as men, Clinton received the biggest applause when she called for a national security policy that created more allies than enemies.