Examining the complexity & influence of women voters in Election 2016.
“I now announce myself as candidate for the presidency. I anticipate criticism, but, however unfavorable, I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question.”
Victoria Woodhull (1872)
First Woman to Run for President of the United States
Learn more about the women who have run for president and vice president on our facts page.
of Americans believe that the U.S. is ready to elect a woman president.
From the Experts
Campaign Promises, the Cabinet, and Representing America
Last spring, during the primaries, Hillary Clinton declared, “I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America and 50 percent of American is women, right?” Political commentators responded with lists of likely women cabinet secretaries … and then attention shifted back to campaigning. Governing was a lost priority.
On the Bias
Objectifying Melania Trump
This week, the New York Post dedicated not one, but two, covers to nude photos of Melania Trump. On Sunday, the Post printed an issue with the front page headline “The Ogle Office” and an image of a nude Melania from a 1995 photo shoot for a French men’s magazine. The sub-headline read, “You’ve never seen a potential first lady like this!” On Monday, the Post continued its exploitative coverage by putting another 1995 photo of Melania nude with another woman on its cover, accompanied by the headline, “Menage a Trump.”
The first woman candidate for president of the United States ran 143 years ago.Learn more about the women who have run for president and vice president on our facts page.