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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2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump
A billionaire real estate tycoon, reality TV star and now, presumptive Republican presidential nominee for the 2016 presidential election, the larger-than-life Donald Trump is shaking American politics to its very core with his no-holds-barred approach to politics. The maverick is now on course to battle it out with the Democrat nominee this November for the keys to the White House.

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2016 Republican Presidential CandidateJeb Bush

The former Florida governor entered the race as one of the early favorites, and led the polls in the months leading up to the primaries. His well-oiled campaign machinery and name recognition saw him raising an incredible $118 million by the turn of the year. Alas, his dream of emulating his father and elder brother of occupying the Oval Office began to unravel soon after the primaries began. Gov. Bush officially withdrew from the race on February 20, 2016 after an embarrassing fourth place finish in the South Carolina primary.

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Republican Presidential CandidateBen Carson

Roundly viewed as the most religious candidate in the field, the retired neurosurgeon was a relative unknown at the start of the race. But Dr. Carson’s quiet and cerebral approach quickly elevated his profile and he was even invited to participate in several debates where he held his own against more experienced politicians. However, an underwhelming Super Tuesday performance and dwindling campaign coffers compelled him to drop out of the race on March 4, 2016.

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Republican Presidential CandidateChris Christie

Two-term New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s campaign began in rousing fashion with an endorsement from the governor of Maine, Paul LePage. However, his campaign was soon dogged by controversies when it became known that the state government was subsidizing the cost of his security detail and campaign trips. His frequent absence from the state throughout 2015 was also criticized. As the debate season commenced, the combative former District Attorney’s polling numbers began a steady downward spiral culminating in a 10th and 6th placed finishes in the first two primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. Gov. Christie announced the suspension of his campaign on February 10, 2016.

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2016 Republican Candidate Ted Cruz

The social conservative darling was seen as one of the dark horses of the nomination race. An accomplished public speaker, he had strong support from the evangelical community and rank and file tea party supporters. The firebrand Texas Senator was expected to be the anti-establishment candidate that will battle it out against the “Washington elites”. Unfortunately, his core support was gradually siphoned off by another outsider, Donald Trump, the eventual nominee. Sen. Cruz dropped out of the race on May 3, 2016, after suffering a devastating loss to Mr. Trump in the Indiana primary.

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Republican Presidential CandidateJim Gilmore

Former Virginia governor, attorney general and Army intelligence agent Jim Gilmore reentered into the national political scene after 13-year absence. He struggled to make a mark in the race, and recorded the lowest ever votes (133) in the New Hampshire Republican primary. This was on the back of the 12 votes he received in the opening Iowa caucus. Gov. Gilmore announced the suspension of his campaign three days later on February 12, 2016.

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Republican Candidate 2016Lindsey Graham

The influential Congressman, who currently serves on four Senate Committees, threw his hat in the nomination ring on June 1, 2015. However, his confrontations with the powerful tea party over the previous few years made him a somewhat unpopular figure among the Republican voting base. Sen. Graham’s subsequent public clash with Donald Trump in July 2015 further dampened his chances. His failure to improve his polling numbers above the low single digits eventually forced him to suspend his campaign on December 21, 2015.

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Republican Candidate 2016Mike Huckabee

The ordained minister and former Arkansas governor launched his second bid for the presidency in May 2015. Marshaling his evangelical base in Iowa, Gov. Huckabee focused his entire campaign on the state’s caucus with his brand of folksy politics. However, he only finished ninth, securing less than 2% of the votes. He suspended his campaign on February 1, 2016 immediately after results were announced.

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Republican Presidential Candidate 2016Bobby Jindal

The Punjabi-American former governor of Louisiana probably has the most unique slogan among the major presidential campaigns in this election cycle – “Tanned, Rested, Ready.” Unfortunately, the slogan failed to bring in the bucks, and Gov. Jindal was forced to end his campaign on November 17, 2015 after raising only $1.4 million.

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2016 Republican Candidate John Kasich

Gov. Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign can be surmised with just a single word – perseverance. Despite an impressive political resume, which includes chairmanship of the House Budget Committee between 1994 and 2000 (which coincided with the only four balanced federal budgets in the last four decades), the Ohio governor never quite broke out of the periphery despite ultimately being the second-last man standing in the Republican primary race. With a campaign budget of only $7.6 million, Gov. Kasich was truly the little engine that could.

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Republican Presidential CandidateGeorge Pataki

Former three-term Governor of New York George Pataki’s lack of national name recognition cost him dearly in the polls, which led to his exclusion from the fourth and fifth presidential debates, despite commendable previous performances. The exclusion effectively ended the moderate New Yorker’s chances, and he withdrew from the race on December 29, 2015. Gov. Pataki lamented the fact that presidential debates are now dictated by ratings, instead of the quality of candidates.

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2016 Republican Candidate Rand Paul

While no one seriously expected the physician to emulate his father’s third-placed finish in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, his withdrawal after a fourth-placed finish at the opening Iowa caucus on February 3, 2016 was a surprise to many. With his paleolibertarian background and solid relationship with the tea party and fiscal conservatives, Sen. Rand was expected to be a competitive second-tier candidate, which would’ve put him in great stead for the 2020 primaries.

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Republican Candidate 2016Rick Perry

After an impressive but ultimately unsuccessful run in 2012, Gov. Perry, the longest-serving Texas governor in history (2000-2015), launched his second bid for the presidency on June 4, 2015. However, without the might of the governorship behind him, Gov. Perry struggled to raise funds to finance his run. His poor poll numbers, lack of support in early primary states and mounting campaign debts convinced him to end his run barely three months later.

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Republican Presidential CandidateMarco Rubio

The lack of support from minorities contributed greatly to Gov. Mitt Romney’s defeat to President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. In light of that, the Cuban American Florida Senator was seen by the party’s leadership as the ideal candidate to recapture the White House for the GOP. Unfortunately, Sen. Rubio was rattled in his early encounters with the aggressive Donald Trump, and the three-year momentum behind him quickly fizzled out. Sen. Rubio ended his campaign on March 15, 2016 after a humiliating second-placed primary finish in his home state of Florida.

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Republican Presidential Candidate 2016Rick Santorum

The former Pennsylvania Senator was the Ted Cruz of the 2012 primary cycle. Not only was he a respected social conservative, Sen. Santorum also eventually finished second behind party nominee Mitt Romney. However, his 2016 campaign never found traction and barely moved into second gear; his three-year absence from the national stage cost him dearly. Sen. Santorum withdrew from the race on February 3, 2016 after the result of Super Tuesday was announced.

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Republican Candidate 2016Scott Walker

One of the early front runners for the nomination, Gov. Walker holds the distinction of being the only governor to ever survive a recall election. However, his campaign came to a premature end on September 21, 2015 just three months after announcing his candidacy. His campaign’s aggressive advertising and large staff (90 people) rapidly ate up his resources, and the coffers dried up. Face with the prospect of going into debt so early in the campaign, Gov. Walker chose to walk away.

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The 2016 Presidential Election is unlike any seen in recent times. In fact, it may well be the most important since 1860, for one very simple reason. The 45th President could potentially be selecting up to four new Supreme Court Justices to replace the aging Ruth Bader Ginsburg (82), Anthony Kennedy (79), Stephen Breyer (77) and recently deceased Antonin Scalia - almost half of the nine-person lineup of the United States Supreme Court. With a historical 25-year average tenure, these lifetime appointments will directly determine the political, ideological and socioeconomic direction of the country for the next three decades, and indirectly thereafter.

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