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In 1995, Walmart pulled a shirt that said 'someday a woman will be president' for being 'offensive'

The banned T-shirt

Following Tuesday night's historic nomination of the first woman from a major party for president, you can say we've come a long way as a nation since 1995 — the year that Walmart pulled T-shirts that read "someday a woman will be president" from their shelves, calling the message "offensive":

A Walmart spokeswoman said the company stopped selling the shirts at the only store that had them after one customer complained. The store sold about two-thirds of its 204 shirts.

"It was determined the T-shirt was offensive to some people and so the decision was made to pull it from the sales floor," Jane Bockholt said. She refused to reveal the nature of the customer's complaint. [The Associated Press]

"Promoting females as leaders is still a very threatening concept in this country," the shirt's designer, Ann Moliver Ruben, said at the time. She explained that, according to Walmart buyer Sharon Higginbotham, the message on the shirt went "against Walmart's family values."

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After outcry from women's groups, the shirts later returned to Walmart shelves, The Telegraph reports.