• Women Voters:

    It’s Complicated.

    Examining the complexity & influence of women voters in Election 2016.

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    “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.

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    “An important conversation is about to begin, and our aim is to expand and enrich it.”

    Debbie Walsh and Barbara Lee on launching Presidential Gender Watch 2016

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    of Americans believe that the U.S. is ready to elect a woman president.
    (YouGov, 2015)

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    We Spent Decades Dreaming up the Perfect Female President. She Doesn’t Exist.

    Monica Hesse, Washington Post – July 22, 2016

    In the summer before 1992’s presidential election, the toy company Mattel, which had given Barbie a series of historically masculine professions — astronaut in 1965, surgeon in 1973 — decided to award its famous doll a new role: presidential candidate. Candidate Barbie wore a ball gown. The dress had a silver bustier and a star-spangled skirt, and its wearer’s platinum-blond hair fell in waves to her waist. It was an outfit entirely inappropriate for the campaign trail, but then again, it was Barbie.

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From the Experts

  • RNC Speakers: By the Numbers

    Last Friday, we did a preliminary count of the Republican National Convention’s speakers by gender, finding that women were 32 percent of announced speakers. However, by our count, there were 105 speaking slots over the RNC’s four days, not counting invocations, benedictions, or narrative videos. Of those 105 speakers, 29 – or 28 percent – were women; 76 – or 72 percent – were men.

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On the Bias


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.

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