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The Highest Glass Ceiling

L-R, Matthew Brady, U.S. House of Representatives, Library of Congress
L-R, Victoria Woodhull, Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm

  When suffragist Victoria Woodhull set her sights on the White House in 1872, women didn’t have the right to vote. She was the first woman to run for America’s highest office, but of course she wasn’t the last. Tuesday, historian Ellen Fitzpatrick joins us to discuss the presidential bids of Woodhull, Republican Margaret Chase Smith in 1964, and Democrat Shirley Chisholm in 1972. We’ll talk about the opposition they faced and how they paved the way for women like Hillary Clinton today.

Ellen Fitzpatrick is a Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. Her book is called The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women's Quest for the American Presidency [Indiebound|Amazon|Audible]