The Clinton Legacy. Powerful women have commanded great nations as presidents, prime ministers and heads of state throughout history:. 20 th Century Great Britain : Margaret Thatcher Ireland : Mary Robinson Canada : Kim Campbell France : Edith Cresson Israel : Golda Meir
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Powerful women have commanded great nations as presidents, prime ministers and heads of state throughout history:
BangladeshPrime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, 1991-96 BangladeshPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina, 1996 – 2001 BermudaPremier Pamela Gordon, 1997-1998 BermudaPremier Jennifer Smith, 1998 - 2003 DominicaPrime MinisterDame Eugenia Charles 1980-95 FinlandPresident Tarja Halonen, 2000 - presentGuyanaPresident Janet Jagan, 1997-1999IcelandPresident Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, 1980-96LatviaPresident Vaira Vike-Freiberga, 1999 - present LithuaniaPrime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, 1990-91 New ZealandPrime Minister Jenny Shipley, 1997-1999 New ZealandPrime Minister Helen Clark 1999 - present Netherlands AntillesPrime Minister Maria Liberia-Peters Netherlands AntPrime Minister Suzanne Camelia-Romer NicaraguaPresident Violeta B. de Chamorro, 1990-96NorwayPrime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland PanamaPresident Mireya Moscoso, 1999-2003PeruPrime Minister Beatriz Merino, 2003 PhilippinesPresident Gloria Macapagal-ArroyoPolandPrime Minister Hanna Suchocka, 1992-93Sao Tome and PrincipePrime Minster Maria Das Neves Sri LankaPresident Chandrika Kumaratunga, 1994 - SwitzerlandPresident Ruth Dreifuss, 1998-99TurkeyPrime Minister Tansu Çiller, 1993-96
1 Data from The Gallop Organization polling, cited in The Case for Hillary by Susan Estrich (2005), p. 229.
“[A]n amazing 70 percent of respondents indicated that they ‘would be likely to vote foran unspecified woman for president in 2008.’”2
2Data from USA Today polling, cited in Condi v. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (2005), p. 3.
63% of Americans said a woman would be as good or better than a man as commander in chief.
2005 Siena College/Hearst Newspapers Poll
1884 & 1888 Presidential Candidate
First woman to argue a U.S. Supreme Court casewon over 4,000 male votes.
Sen. Margaret Chase Smith1964 Presidential CandidateFirst woman to serve in U.S. House & U.S. Senatecampaigned in 5 of 17 primaries,came in 2nd in Illinois.
Competed in 5 of 17 primaries.
Competed in 14 of 21 primaries & brought 5% of delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
1. 1925 Democrat Nellie Tayloe Ross (WY)
2. 1925 Democrat Miriam “Ma” Ferguson (TX)
3. 1967 Democrat Lurleen Wallace (AL)
4. 1975 Democrat Ella Grasso (CT)
5. 1975 Democrat Dixy Lee Ray (WA)
6. 1982 Republican Vesta Roy (NH) – ONE DAY
7. 1984 Democrat Martha Layne Collins (KY)
8. 1985 Democrat Madeleine Kunin (VT)
9. 1982 Republican Kay Orr (NE)
10. 1988 Democrat Joan Finney (KS)
“If you’re looking at some 20 percent of the electorate who won’t vote for you and it comes from your own party, you’re dead.”
-- Susan Estrich
American voters will nominate and elect women to the U.S. presidency the same way we have always elected presidents.
We will elect the best candidates--those with:
Charismatic appeal Strong executive leadership abilitiesVision Commander-in-chief credibility Convincing economic credentialsProven law and order experienceSensitivity to family and social issuesOutstanding fundraising prowessFriendly media rapportEnthusiastic campaign staminaMost powerful nationwide support network
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a strong presidential (or vice presidential) candidate for 2008.
Sen. Hillary Clinton will be sworn in as America’s first woman president on January 20, 2009, so make your hotel reservations now to be part of history!