For most of US history, women have been forced into the periphery of politics. However, that does not mean women have been completely absent from participating in the political system. In the mid to late 19th century, women were one of the driving forces behind the Temperance Movement; one of the more famous slogans from that time was “Lips that touch alcohol shall not touch ours.”

In 1916 Jeannette Rankin became the first women elected to Congress, despite the fact that women still did not have the right to vote. When women did win the right to vote, they flexed their political muscles to help propel Calvin Coolidge into the White House in the election of 1924.

Although Hillary Clinton has been seen as one of the first female candidates with a legitimate chance of becoming president, she is by no means the first woman to run for president. That wonderful honor goes to Victoria Woodhull in 1872; who ran with civil rights legend Frederick Douglas under the banner of the Equal Rights Party. Unfortunately, Woodhull faced heavy resistance and was denied ballot access in every state. Thankfully, that is not the political climate female politicians find themselves in today.

There are currently 104 women serving in Congress, or approximately 19 percent. While this is by no means an ideal number, equal representation is finally starting to happen; albeit slower than we like. Women still face monumental challenges in being elected on the national election, but that does not mean they cannot find victory and fame on the national stage.

In recent years, women like Michelle Bachmann and Carol Moseley Braun have proven that women can run for president and be considered serious candidates; and vice presidential candidates like Sarah Palin have shown that women can easily outshine their male political counterparts.

The upcoming 2016 election is also shaping up to be a big year for women. Hillary Clinton is currently dominating the Democratic field of candidates, and former HP exec Carly Fiorina has been able to claw her way to the top tier of the crowded Republican field of candidates. In a world where having a woman president once seemed like a far away idea, the dream of a more equal future is starting to become a reality.




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Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard and advisor to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, served notice of her pedigree in the curtain-raising Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was roundly acknowledged as the best debater that night. However, despite a slight spike in the polls, she failed to make further inroads in the race and bowed out on February 10, 2016 after a weak Super Tuesday performance. Two months later, for about a week beginning from April 27, Ms. Fiorina served as the running mate for Sen. Ted Cruz.


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