Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | October 25, 2016

10-24-16 is an encore presentation from July 25, 2016: ‘Iron My Shirt’, the heckler’s sign read in 2008. Ridicule,Resistance,Opposition & Intrigue have followed women who have sought the US Presidency since 1872. Ellen Fitzpatrick joins host Brenda Starr to discuss her new book, “The Highest Glass Ceiling”.

IMG_1896In   The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency

Author Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the story of three remarkable women who set their sights on the American Presidency. Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisolm (1972) each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates. Their quest illuminates today’s political landscape, showing that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign belongs to a much longer, arduous, and dramatic journey.


The tale begins during Reconstruction when the radical Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to seek the presidency. Although women could not yet vote, Woodhull boldly staked her claim to the White House, believing she might thereby advance women’s equality. “Visions of the offices I would hold”, she remembered, “danced before my imagination.”


Republican Senator Margaret Chase Smith came into political office

1458149805813through the “widow’s mandate.” Among the most admired women in public life when she launched her 1964 campaign, she soon confronted prejudice that she was too old (at 66) and too female to be a creditable presidential candidate. She nonetheless became the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for President by a major party. Unknown-1



Democratic Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm ignored what some openly described as the twin disqualifications of race and gender in her spirited 1972 presidential campaign. She ran all the way to the Democratic convention, inspiring diverse followers and angering opponents, including members of the Nixon administration who sought to derail her candidacy.



ELLEN FITZPATRICK, is a professor and scholar specializing in modern American political and intellectual history, and is the author and editor of eight books. Ellen is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, where she has been recognized for Excellence in Public Service.She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

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To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Ellen Fitzpatrick click the following link:20001_TTEOW 7-25_program



Click here to watch a PBS video, “The Overlooked History Of Women Running For President”:



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