Her Hat Was In the Ring!

U.S. Women Who Ran for Political Office Before 1920

This project currently identifies 5,697 U. S. women candidates who campaigned for elective office between 1850 and 1920. Find biographical information for each woman, information about her campaigns, party affiliation, photographs, and lists of selected resources. We estimate that thousands of women ran in well over 8,000 campaigns by 1920. Try the basic keyword search or the advanced search buttons to search for information by office, state, party, and other factors.
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Featured Candidates

Featured Candidates

This site catalogs the campaigns of thousands of women. We regularly update this section to highlight particular candidates.

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Timeline

Timeline

View some of the milestones in the history of women running for public office in the United States

Timeline