With Kamala Harris on the Democratic presidential ticket, this year could be a turning point for women in American politics. However, Harris is just the most recent in a line of trailblazing women.
1872 – Victoria Woodhull runs for President. Woodhull also created a publication called Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly.
1887 – The first female mayor is elected: Susanna Salter of Argonia, Arkansas.
1916 – Jeannette Pickering-Rankin is the first woman to be elected to congress.
1920 – White women are granted the right to vote.
1923 – Soledad Chacon, a Latina woman, wins the election to become the Secretary of State in New Mexico.
1952 – Charlotta Spears-Bass is the first black woman to be nominated for vice president.
1952 – Asian American women earn the right to vote.
1962 – Patsy Takemoto Mink becomes the first female Asian/Pacific Islander woman to be elected into state senate.
1965 – Native American women earn the right to vote.
1974 – Elaine Noble becomes the first openly queer woman to win in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
1976 – Mary Rose Oakar is the first Arab-American woman elected to senate.
1980 – LaDonna Harris becomes the first indigneous woman nominee for vice president.
1984 – Geraldine Ferraro is Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee, making her the first female vice-presidential nominee representing a major American political party.
1985 – Wilma Mankiller becomes the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.
1992 – Nydia Velasquez becomes the first Puerto Rican woman elected to congress.
2001 – Condelezza Rice becomes the first woman to hold the position of National Security Advisor.
2016 – Hilary Clinton runs for president, before losing to Donald Trump.
2017 – Nikki Haley becomes the first Indian-American woman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
2020 – Kamala Harris runs for Vice President along with Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket.
Compiled and written by November Shawler