Clinton has already made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major US political party in her bid for the White House in November.
“This is historic, just as Barack Obama was historic. There is no question about that,” said Ester R. Fuchs, professor of public affairs and political science at Columbia University, referring to the first black US president.
Across the Atlantic, “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher broke the glass ceiling decades ago when she became British prime minister in 1979, and last month May did it again.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has led Germany since 2005, while South Korea, Chile, Brazil, Bangladesh and Liberia are also led by women — as is the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
But these leaders remain in a minority and their numbers are only gradually increasing.
A study by the Pew Research Center last year found women led only about 10 percent of UN member states.
“Even while the number of female leaders has more than doubled since 2005, a woman in power is hardly the norm around the world,” it said. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT
SOURCES: UK Daily Mail/AFP