The Women You Never Knew Ran For US President

Hillary may yet become the first female President of the United States, but she isn't the first woman to run for office

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Hillary may (every single finger crossed) become the first female President of the United States, but she isn't the first woman to run for office. Here we have a look at the pioneering women who went before her. Roseanne Barr anyone?!

Victoria Woodhull

In 1872, Victoria, an American leader of the woman's suffrage movement was the first woman to run for President of the United States, for a party she invented herself 'The Equal Rights Party'. Her and her sister Tennessee were also the first female stock brokers on Wall Street.

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Margaret Chase Smith

Famous for her catch phrase 'When people keep telling you, you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try.' Senator Margaret Chase Smith announced her run for President in January 1964. Although she was unsuccessful in her candidacy for the Republican nomination, she was the first woman to be placed in nomination for the presidency at a major party's convention.

Sen. Margaret Chase Smith

'When people keep telling you, you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try.' Senator Margaret Chase Smith

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Shirley Chisholm

In 1968 Shirley became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress. In 1972 she became the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Shirley Chisholm

It is worth every second to watch the first 2 minutes of her 1972 Presidential Bid Speech. That is a woman with presence. Ultimate crush.

Roseanne Barr

Shortly after losing the Green Party nomination, Roseanne, star of self-titled television sitcom 'Roseanne', announced she would run on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket. Roseanne won the 2012 presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party. She finished her campaign with 67,326 votes nationwide, placing sixth overall with 0.05% of the popular vote

Jill Stein

Jill is the Green party candidate for the 2016 US election. Heading into Election day she had a polling average of about 2% and has said she's hoping for 5% in election returns. She's also planning to push for reforms to help pave the way for third party candidates in the future.

Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate
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