Her Hat Was In the Ring!

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

This project currently identifies 4,980 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 7,000 campaigns by 1920. Combined searching can locate women by office, state, party, and other factors. Link to the page Searching Strategies to learn how to find more information. Or just click on the buttons below.
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This site catalogs the campaigns of thousands of women. We regularly update this section to highlight particular candidates.

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