Jessica Mondillo’s Blog

Hillary Clinton is NOT the First Woman to Run for President

October 12, 2007 

Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to run for president.  Hopefully to many people this is no surprise.

I work on a TV Show called On That Point for BUTV.  One of the panelist at our first filming session shocked me.  She said that it was the first time a woman has ever run for president.  I remember 8 years ago Elizabeth Dole ran for president and only 4 years ago Carol Braun.

I did a little research and I found out something even more surprising.  Women have been running for president since the 1872 election.  That is no typo.  Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president in 1872.  Hillary Clinton is the 12th different woman to run for president and 2008 is the 15th time a woman has run.

I love the people I work with on BUTV but if you are going to debate factual news I think you should at least get your facts straight.  Although Hillary Clinton is undeniably the most supported female candidate in the at least last 12 years, she is NOT the first woman to run for president.

My research came for Rutgers University website:


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  1. * VenusMuse says:

    Great research – thanks for posting. If you haven’t seen the PBS featured documentary on Victoria Woodhull, it’s worth purchasing for your film library. AMERICA’S VICTORIA, REMEMBERING VICTORIA WOODHULL features Gloria Steinem and Kate Capshaw performs Woodhull’s own words. Check it out on


    | Reply Posted 10 years, 8 months ago
  2. * GoHillary says:

    Yes. Senator Clinton is not the first woman who fought for presidency. Many came before her, Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm, was a Congressman of New York’s 12 district for approximately 14 yrs. She competed for the democratic presidential representation of 1972. Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm competed for positive change for all citizens.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 7 months ago
  3. * Izzy says:

    Thank you for reconizing that Hillery clinton was not the first woman to run for prez. Shirley Chisholm was I am doing a report on her and you have proved that she is not.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  4. * laila resend says:

    wow i never knew this and now im gonna have the best report out of the whole sixth grade!!!! i always thought that hilary was the first women and so does everyone else in the sixth grade!! including the teachers!! im gonna get first place!!!!

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 3 months ago
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