History of Women Presidential Candidates

Solicited by the OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession. Endorsed by Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600–2000

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Politics; Women's History


This roundtable discussion will cover the contours and challenges of women as presidential and vice-presidential candidates over the past 50 years, including women’s primary campaigns and the four times in American history that a woman has appeared on a major party presidential ticket. The panel focuses on early campaigns in the 1970s and 1980s and bridges the discussion through the present day.

Session Participants

Chair: Melissa Estes Blair, Auburn University

Chair: Kathleen Banks Nutter

Panelist: Ana Lucette Stevenson, University of the Free State

Panelist: Barbara J. Winslow, City University of New York, Brooklyn

Panelist: Judy T. Wu, University of California, Irvine