Kamala Harris will be first woman vice president. Meet the VP contenders who paved the way
At least 11 other women have previously vied to be vice president, including more than one Black woman and one Asian-American woman.
One hundred years after American women won the right to vote—a right mostly limited to white women at first—Kamala Harris has become the first woman (and the first Black and Asian American) elected vice president of the United States.
Harris is hardly the first woman to run for the office, though. Women have been aiming for higher office since long before they could vote. (Find out why, a century after women’s suffrage, the fight for equality isn’t over.)
Suffragist and New York newspaper publisher Victoria Woodhull, who along with her sister was also the first female Wall Street stockbroker, became the first woman to run for president in 1872 when she was nominated by the newly formed Equal Rights Party. It’s