Victoria Woodhull (1838 - 1927): Victoria was the first woman to run for President in 1872 on the Equal Rights Party ticket. She was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement and was the first woman to own a Wall Street brokerage firm and the first woman, together with her sister, to establish a newspaper in the U.S.
Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (1830 -1917): Belva ran for President in both 1884 and 1888 as candidate of the National Equal Rights Party. In 1879, she became the first woman lawyer to be allowed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was a proponent of pay equity for women and a supporter of the Temperance movement.
Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink (1927 - 2002): In 1972 Patsy became the first Asian-American to seek the Presidency. As the first woman of color and first Asian-American elected to Congress, she served 12 terms in the House of Representatives.
Charlene Alexander Mitchell (1930 - present): Charlene was the first African-American to run for President in 1968. A lifelong activist and proponent of equal rights, she represented the Communist Party.
Carol Moseley-Braun (1947 - present): Carol ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2004 having been thefirst female African-American Senator elected in 1992. She also served as Ambassador to Samoa and New Zealand.
Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005): Shirley was the first woman and first African-American to seek the Democratic party nomination for the Presidency in 1972. She was also the first African-American woman in Congress. She represented New York’s 12th Congressional District from 1969-1983.
Pat Schroeder (1940 - present): Pat ran to be the Democratic candidate for President in 1987. She served for 12 terms (1973-1997) as Colorado’s Representative to the House of Representatives.
Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947 - present): Hillary first ran for President in 2008; in 2016 she again ran for President receiving over 65 million votes. She served as Secretary of State (2009 – 2013), Senator from New York (2001-2009) and First Lady (1993-2001).
THE NEXT WAVE
Elizabeth Warren (1949 - present): Elizabeth announced her candidacy for Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election. She currently serves as senior Senator from Massachusetts (2013- present).
Amy Klobuchar (1960 - present): Amy announced her candidacy for Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election. She currently serves as senior Senator from Minnesota (2006 – present).
Kirsten Gillibrand (1966 - present): Kirsten announced her candidacy for Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election. She currently serves as a Senator from New York (2009 – present).
Kamala Harris (1950 - present): Kamala announced her candidacy for Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election. She currently serves as a Senator from California (2017 – present).
BECAUSE REPRESENTATION MATTERS
Representation matters. Among the record number of Democratic women who ran and won in the 2018 midterm elections, there were many firsts: Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts’ first Black Congresswoman) Kyrsten Sinema (first openly Bisexual member of US Senate) Jahanna Hayes (Connecticut’s first Black Congresswoman) Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids (America’s first Native American Congresswomen) Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia (Texas’s first Latina Congresswomen) Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar (America’s first Muslim Congresswomen) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (youngest woman ever elected to Congress) Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenhauer (Iowa’s first Congresswomen) Lauren Underwood (youngest Black woman ever in Congress as well as the first Black woman to win the 14th District in Illinois) Angie Craig (first Lesbian mother in Congress).