For most of US history, women have been forced into the periphery of politics. However, that does not mean women have been completely absent from participating in the political system. In the mid to late 19th century, women were one of the driving forces behind the Temperance Movement; one of the more famous slogans from that time was “Lips that touch alcohol shall not touch ours.”

In 1916 Jeannette Rankin became the first women elected to Congress, despite the fact that women still did not have the right to vote. When women did win the right to vote, they flexed their political muscles to help propel Calvin Coolidge into the White House in the election of 1924.

Although Hillary Clinton has been seen as one of the first female candidates with a legitimate chance of becoming president, she is by no means the first woman to run for president. That wonderful honor goes to Victoria Woodhull in 1872; who ran with civil rights legend Frederick Douglas under the banner of the Equal Rights Party. Unfortunately, Woodhull faced heavy resistance and was denied ballot access in every state. Thankfully, that is not the political climate female politicians find themselves in today.

There are currently 104 women serving in Congress, or approximately 19 percent. While this is by no means an ideal number, equal representation is finally starting to happen; albeit slower than we like. Women still face monumental challenges in being elected on the national election, but that does not mean they cannot find victory and fame on the national stage.

In recent years, women like Michelle Bachmann and Carol Moseley Braun have proven that women can run for president and be considered serious candidates; and vice presidential candidates like Sarah Palin have shown that women can easily outshine their male political counterparts.

The upcoming 2016 election is also shaping up to be a big year for women. Hillary Clinton is currently dominating the Democratic field of candidates, and former HP exec Carly Fiorina has been able to claw her way to the top tier of the crowded Republican field of candidates. In a world where having a woman president once seemed like a far away idea, the dream of a more equal future is starting to become a reality.




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2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Democratic Presidential Candidate 2016 Hillary Clinton
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Hillary Clintons’ entry into the 2016 presidential election was never in doubt. While her defeat to President Obama in the 2008 nomination race is a distant memory now, her subsequent gracious and powerful endorsement speech lingers in the minds of many. With her extensive frontline and behind-the-scenes political experience, Secretary Clinton has virtually, and quite comfortably, sealed her status as the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party.

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2016 Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee
Current U.S. Senator and former Governor from Virginia
Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee 2016 Tim Kaine
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
The former Jesuit missionary, law professor and attorney once won a record $100 million judgement against an insurance company for discriminatory lending practices. Despite his successful private practice, the call of public service ultimately proved to be too strong for Sen. Kaine, and he was elected to serve as the Mayor of Richmond in 1998. The father of three would go on to serve as the Lt. Governor of Virginia and Governor of Virginia. Today, Sen. Kaine serves in the U.S. Senate and sits on four committees.

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2016 Presumptive Green Party Presidential Nominee
Physician, Reformer, Environmental Activist
Green Party Candidate 2016 Jill Stein
  Declared 2016 Green Party Candidate
Jill Stein is no stranger to national politics. As the Green Party nominee in 2012, she understands the rigors of a national campaign. Stein is a fierce advocate for the environment and believes that investments in green issues can propel the American people and economy forward.



 Other 2016 Presidential Candidates 
 
Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Executive Consultant
2016 Independent Presidential CandidateLynn Sandra Kahn
  Potential 2016 Independent Candidate

Lynn Sandra Kahn boasts over 30 years of experience in the fields of government reform and conflict resolution. She touts a comprehensive 7-track strategy for achieving the goals of her platform: Fix government, build peace.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Computer Science and Political Studies expert
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016Tami Stainfield
  Potential 2016 Independent Candidate

After living in nine different states, visiting twenty-nine countries all over the world, and living and studying in Africa for more than five years, the independent candidate Tami Stainfield is definitely an Anti-Globalist who has traveled the globe.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Woman of Faith
Independent Presidential CandidateShawna Sterling
  Potential 2016 Independent Candidate

Shawna Sterling has opinions all her own, even on matters which might not generally be considered up for debate. She blames GMOs above all else for childhood obesity, and pledges to eliminate their use in school cafeteria food. Otherwise, she is generally conservative, with a strong faith and strict opposition to abortion.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Citizen, entrepreneur, advocate for equal treatment for all
2016 Independent Presidential CandidateSamm Tittle
  Potential 2016 Independent Candidate

Samm Tittle is an advocate for everything that made America great. As an experienced entrepreneur, Tittle understands that when given a job and an equal playing field, an individual can achieve great things. As a citizen politician, she believes in truth in government and equal rights for all.


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Withdrawn 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businesswoman and former 2016 presidential candidate
2016 Republican Candidate Carly Fiorina
  Potential 2016 Republican Candidate

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard and advisor to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, served notice of her pedigree in the curtain-raising Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was roundly acknowledged as the best debater that night. However, despite a slight spike in the polls, she failed to make further inroads in the race and bowed out on February 10, 2016 after a weak Super Tuesday performance. Two months later, for about a week beginning from April 27, Ms. Fiorina served as the running mate for Sen. Ted Cruz.


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Presidential Candidates 2016
Pawel Kuczynski
 
To preserve freedom of political expression, the electorate must be both free to choose and adequately informed. There are over 1000 presidential candidates registered with the FEC for the 2016 election. Most of these officially declared candidates are marginalized or completely ignored by mainstream media and lack the benefit of unlimited spending by Super PAC’s.

We profile all official candidates, from all political parties, on a level platform. Some may be nutcases, but most are respectable individuals with legitimate positions on the issues. Any officially registered candidates not included may be fictitious, or have insufficient available information from which to build a profile.

We don’t know if any of these candidates would make a better president than a career politician, just as there's no guarantee that any of the 2016 campaign promises will actually be kept.

Word of mouth and today's web of social networks empower 'We the People' to promote a candidate more effectively than any media conglomerate, and subsequently scrutinize their every detail in thousands of national online platforms.

Take a look at the candidates, visit their websites and if you find them worthy of being given a chance, share their candidacy with friends and family.

May the best person win!

 

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