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.
Who are the Trending ‘Trump Girls’?
Blanche Johnson, Fox News – June 29, 2016
While running for President in 2008, Barack Obama had the “Obama Girl,” and now it seems Donald Trump has his own group of female supporters. #TrumpGirlsBreakTheInternet took over Twitter Sunday after a Wall Street /NBC News poll showed Hilary Clinton with a 17 point lead over Trump with women voters. Many photos of women in bikinis with Trump paraphernalia began trending with that hashtag.
From the Experts
Same-Gender Tickets are a Presidential Norm
Included amidst the speculation about whom Hillary Clinton will choose as her running mate is an oft-repeated question: can she choose another woman? The question has at its root skepticism that the country will accept a double dose of gender disruption on a single presidential ticket.
On the Bias
What Women Want
On CNN’s New Day this week, Donald Trump told Chris Cuomo, “Look, women want strength. They want security. They want to have strong military. They want to know that our country is being protected.” In making the case that Hillary Clinton could not provide that protection, Trump played into the masculine protectionism ubiquitous in the Republican campaign to date. In essence, he positioned himself as the protector that women want, despite evidence to the contrary.
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.