I told myself I wasn’t going to talk politics but this is way too important to pass up. As you know, it’s Election Day Eve. Tomorrow the US will have elected a new President. (Oh and if you still don’t know where your polling location is; check this out!) With the craziness of this election: the drama, lies, and scandal; it’s easy to forget the historical significance of it all.
If Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein wins the election, she will be the first female President in the history of the United States. That is truly astounding. But who were some of the trailblazers who came before them to make this even possible?
- Victoria Woodhull, 1872: First woman to run for President (Fun fact: Frederick Douglass was her running-mate and was the first African-American ever to be nominated for VP)
2. Shirley Chisholm, 1972: First African American women to run for President
Just the fact that women have been trying since 1872, for 144 years, to be the leader of the country and we have a very real chance of seeing it all those years of work come to fruition is amazing. Just think of the wonders it will do little girls all around the country (and the globe). Representation really does matter.
On another note: regardless of who you vote for tomorrow; please vote. This is a right that many people don’t have and we shouldn’t take that for granted.