It has been quite the revolutionary year in politics for women. Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin have both made great strides in affecting how U.S. citizens think of a woman in our presidential role. But we shouldn’t neglect those who came before them.
In 1884 Belva Lockwood, an educator, lawyer and advocate for women’s rights became the first woman formally nominated for the U.S. presidency. This was five years after she was the first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme court.
You can read her fascinating story in Jill Norgren’s Belva Lockwood: the woman who would be president