Back in 2008, Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States. With the presidential elections of 2016 on the horizon, Americans may decide it's time to elect the first woman President.
In this article, we're going to provide a brief summary of the five women that have the experience, leadership ability, and political support to become the first woman elected the President of the United States. This list is based on a compendium of views, including those published by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.
Back in February 2005, the Siena Research Institute conducted a nationwide poll of 1,125 registered voters. Interestingly, that poll was conducted in anticipation of a "First Women President" symposium held in March of the same year.
Findings from that poll indicate the ideal woman President would be a Democrat, with strengths in the areas of foreign policy, health care, and education. A follow up poll in 2007 indicated 25% of voters believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next President.
Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected United States Senator from New York in November 2000. She holds the honor of being the only First Lady ever elected to the U.S. Senate.
Senator Hillary Clinton served on the Senate Committees for Environment and Public Works; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Senator Clinton's political platform is grounded in homeland, economic, and national security.
Born in Chicago in 1947, Hillary Clinton is the daughter of Dorothy Rodham and the late Hugh Rodham. As a child she grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois where she attended public school. She went on to attend Wellesley College, and in 1973 graduated from Yale's Law School. Senator Clinton is also married to former President William J. Clinton.
In the 2008 presidential nomination race, Hillary Clinton won more primaries than any other female candidate in American history. She narrowly lost to then Senator Barack Obama. As Secretary of State, she became the first former First Lady to serve in a President's cabinet.
In December 2012, Hillary Clinton was hospitalized for treatment of a blood clot in her brain. The clot was treated with anticoagulant medication. Clinton made it known she was not interested in serving a second term as Secretary of State. Following the 2012 elections, Barack Obama nominated Senator John Kerry to be Clinton's successor.
Kirsten E. Gillibrand was sworn in as United States Senator from New York in January 2009. In November 2012, she was elected to her first six-year Senate term. Prior to her service in the Senate, she served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 20th Congressional District. Kristen is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Aging Committee.
Gillibrand graduated in 1984 from Emma Willard School in Troy, New York and graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1988. She went on to receive her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991.
In 2006, Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Amy serves as Vice Chair of The Joint Economic Committee and is a member of the President's Export Council as well as the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
She also chairs the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer rights, which is responsible for oversight of antitrust enforcement at the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission.
Amy was the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School.
In her first bid for public office, Kelly Ayotte was elected to the Senate in 2010. She currently serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Aging Committees. She is the Ranking Member on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations.
Kelly also served as the chief of New Hampshire's Homicide Unit and Deputy Attorney General before being named in 2004 as the state's first female Attorney General. She was named "Citizen of the Year" in 2008 by the Union Leader newspaper.
Kelly attended public schools in Nashua, New Hampshire. She graduated with honors in 1990 from Pennsylvania State University and earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from the Villanova University School of Law.
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