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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|
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 womenshistory.org, 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.