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.
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.
From the Experts
When Ceilings Break, Walls Still Stand
The gravity of last night’s formal nomination of the first woman candidate for president was not lost on those in the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. As each state cast their delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention, many delegates mentioned the history being made to put a woman on the top of the presidential ballot. The vote was kicked off by the first woman elected to the United States Senate in her own right, Barbara Mikulski, who recalled the progress women have made when she said, “It is with a full heart that I am here today to nominate Hillary Clinton as the first woman president.” Jerry Emmett, 102-year old delegate, cast Arizona’s votes for Clinton with similar joy, celebrating the history made within her own lifetime – from women winning the right to vote when she was just six years old to seeing a woman poised to sit in the White House that suffragists picketed nearly one hundred years ago. But Senator Mikulski also reminded those in the arena and at home that the work to elect women to political office does not stop at the Oval Office door. “It was the Founding Mothers who said, ‘Do not forget the ladies or they will foment a revolution!’ ,” she recalled, adding, “They started the job, but we’re going to keep it going.”
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.