Democrats and the media are pushing the narrative that Hillary Clinton has broken the “glass ceiling” by being the first woman nominated to become president of the United States. That narrative is false. Hillary Clinton is actually the third woman to be nominated for president.
The first woman to be nominated to be president was Victoria Woodhull, who ran for the office in 1872. Woodhull was nominated by the Equal Rights party. The second woman was Belva Ann Lockwood who was nominated and ran for president under the banner of the same Equal Rights Party as Woodhull. Lockwood racked up 4,149 votes in six states.
Carol Felsenthal in Politico Magazine wrote:
Few know, though, the name of the woman who put the first crack in that highest, hardest glass ceiling. That honor belongs to a beautiful, colorful and convention-defying woman named Victoria Woodhull, who ran for the office in 1872, 136 years before Clinton made her first run in 2008. Woodhull, who died nearly twenty years before Clinton was even born, hazarded a path on which no woman before her had ever dared to tread. Even more amazing is that she did it almost 50 years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 gave women the right to vote. On Election Day, November 5, 1872, Victoria Woodhull couldn’t even vote for herself.
Although it must be noted that she could not have voted for herself in any case, given the fact that she was incarcerated on Election Day, and for a month or so after, in New York City’s Ludlow Street Jail on obscenity charges…
Woodhull ran under the banner of the Equal Rights Party—formerly the People’s Party—which supported equal rights for women and women’s suffrage. The party nominated her in May 1872 in New York City to run uphill against incumbent Republican Ulysses S. Grant and Democrat Horace Greeley and selected as her running mate Frederick Douglass, former escaped slave-turned-abolitionist writer and speaker. On paper, it was an impressive pick, but not really: Douglass never appeared at the party’s nominating convention, never agreed to run with Woodhull, never participated in the campaign and actually gave stump speeches for Grant.
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There’s no record of how many popular votes she received; though we do know that 12 years later , another woman [Belva Ann Lockwood] running for president under the banner of the same Equal Rights Party racked up 4,149 votes in six states.
The Democratic Party has a way of twisting the truth and the media has failed to do its due diligence and research. The DNC narrative is Hillary has “broken the glass ceiling” when in fact it was already broken by two other women. There was no glass ceiling to break. Not in 2008 and not in 2016.
Both women lost. Perhaps Hillary will be the third strike for the Democrats who tout themselves as the party of equal rights?
Are American voters witnessing deja vu all over again?