Remembering 4 Women Who Paved the Way for Hillary
The last Democratic primary has happened: On June 14, Washington, DC voted, further bolstering Hillary Clinton’s claim to the nomination by supporting her with 78.7 percent of the vote. She is now all but officially the first woman to win the nomination of a major party. But, as we noted last week, there have been other women in the running for the presidency, including Jill Stein, who is this year’s Green Party candidate.
1. Gracie Allen: The mid-century comedian ran a joke campaign under the banner of the made-up “Surprise Party” in the 1940 election, making her technically the first woman to win the nomination of a political party. She bowed out graciously to let Franklin D. Roosevelt cruise into a third term in office. (Photo via Harold Clements/Getty)
2. Charlene Mitchell: Gracie Allen’s stunt belongs in history books at the very least because even pushing the concept of a woman running for president was a bold move in 1940, but Charlene was the first woman to secure the nomination of an actual party (and a Black woman, at that). She ran as the head of the Communist Party in 1968 and, according to ballot-access.org, she received just shy of 1,100 votes. (Photo via Johnny Nunez/ Getty)
3. Margaret Chase Smith: In 1964, Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to run for the nomination of either of the two major political parties of the last century. She’d already spent nine years in Congress representing Maine (initially taking over the seat her husband held when he died) and 15 in the Senate. Margaret was a moderate Republican who criticized Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s crusade against Communists in the ’50s. She lost to über-conservative Barry Goldwater. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
4. Shirley Chisholm: Shirley was a record-breaker every step of the way. In 1968 she was the first Black woman elected to Congress. Just four years later, she became the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination, and the first Black person to seek the nomination of either major party. Her 1968 campaign slogan, “Unbossed and Unbought,” is as inspiring today as it was then. Another mark of the 1968 campaign, though not Shirley’s personal doing, is that every presidential campaign since has seen at least one woman run. (Photo via Hulton Archives/Getty)
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!