Friday, July 29, 2016

Trailblazer: Hillary Clinton, First Woman from a Major Party Nominated for President of the USA

Flag of the United States of America made entirely of flowers and natural materials
Rose Parade 2014
Photo by J.Q. Rose
Lots of excitement and celebration because of this historic moment in our country--the nomination of Hillary Clinton for President of the USA. She is the first woman from a major party to be in the running for this powerful office.

Quote from Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech July 28, 2016
"When there are no ceilings," she said, "the sky's the limit."

Trailblazers break through those metaphorical ceilings to open paths for others. Last night Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party certainly busted that ceiling.

Secretary Clinton is not the first woman to run for President of the United States.
Women from minor parties have been nominated to be on the ballot too. But, 
the news media does not cover these parties' because they are usually too small or have only one issue in their platform. Their candidacies are not big enough, or perhaps, deemed not important enough  to gather money-making ratings for the giant networks and cable news shows.

According to, the first woman to run for president was
Victoria Woodhull representing the Equal Rights Party in 1872 and the Humanitarian Party in 1892.
Belva LockwoodNational Equal Rights Party: 1884, 1888. Her campaign for president in 1884 was the first full-scale national campaign of a woman running for president.
More recently, Jill Stein was the 2012 Green Party candidate and is running as a candidate from the Green Party again in 2016.

If you are interested in learning more about the women who have been presidential candidates through history, click here to read the article on the women's history website.


  1. J.Q. --

    Great post and great moment in our history!!

    Your readers might be interested in my new project -- a coloring book called: Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates -- Founding Mothers, Suffragists and Activists, and Politicians Who Paved the Way.

    This book will invite readers to literally color in the remarkable contributions of founding mothers whose efforts aided the American Revolution, generations of abolitionists, suffragists, feminists, labor and civil rights leaders who fought for the vote and other rights for women, and women who sought and sometimes achieved elective and appointed office.

    In addition to a coloring page, each entry will include a short biography, a fascinating fact and a quote by the woman. It will also include suggestions for further reading for kids, teens, and adults and a note where a museum dedicated to her can be found (if one exists). More information:

    P.S. I have some illustrators already working on drawings, but if you or someone you know would be interested in submitting a page please contact me at for submission guidelines and a list of the women I'm actively looking for.

    :) Carol Simon Levin

    1. Hi Carol. I'm excited to learn about your new project. I'll spread the word for you. Thanks for stopping in.