It’s not just Hillary Clinton. Take a look at seven women who ran America’s top job.
1. Victoria Woodhull (1872)
Woodhull is famous for being the first ever woman to run for president – way back in 1872 – in an attempt to promote women’s suffrage. While she fought her campaign under the Equal Rights Party banner, and highlighted many equality issues in her campaign, she was not an “official candidate” in legal terms as women were not allowed to run. But the fact she ran for president, in the face of the law, highlights the importance of her campaign.
2. Geraldine Ferraro (1984)
Ferraro was America’s first woman to be on one of the two major parties’ presidential tickets. Way before Sarah Palin’s 2008 run, Ferraro was a member of the US House of Representatives from 1979 to 1985, but was picked to by Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale to be his running-mate for the 1984 election. The pair challenged Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in 1984, but only won one state and D.C. The election was a resounding win for Reagan.
3. Cynthia McKinney (2008)
In 2008, America’s Green Party nominated Cynthia McKinney to be their nominee. McKinney came in sixth place, coming behind former Green party candidate Ralph Nader as an independent, the Libertarian’s Bob Barr, and the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin. She won 0.12% of the overall vote.
4. Sarah Palin (2008)
In a surprise move, Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked the right-wing governor of Alaska Sarah Palin as his nominee. The pair lost out to the Democrats’ Obama-Biden ticket, winning just 173 electoral votes.
5. Jill Stein (2012 and 2016)
Building on the work of Cynthia McKinney before her, Stein received the Green Party’s 2012 nomination. She moved her party up from sixth place to fourth place, winning 0.36% of the overall vote. Four years later, the country’s third-party candidates did very well, benefiting from the unpopularity of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Stein received 1.07% of the overall vote.
6. Carly Fiorina (2016)
The CEO of Hewlett Packard ran in the 2016 presidential primaries, but eventually pulled out. However, she was picked as Ted Cruz’s running-mate in a last-ditch effort to save his campaign. According to Vox, she was Cruz’s running-mate for just six days.
7. Hillary Clinton
Former First Lady of the United States, New York Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made history last year by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major US party. However, she lost out to Donald Trump at the general election in November even though she won almost three million votes than her opponent.
Could Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris become president in 2020?
These two progressives are seen as possible Democratic presidential nominees in 2020. Warren is an experienced senator from Massachusetts and is currently the third favourite to become president in 2020, according to Oddschecker.
Harris is a newcomer on the national stage, but is already being discussed as a possible future president. She only became a senator from California after November’s election, but is the betting markets’ fifth favourite to become president after 2020.