Two Green Females Vying for Presidency

cynthia-rosa.jpgOn the day Senator Hillary Clinton is to address the Democratic National Convention in Denver to give her support to Barack Obama, and on the day dedicated to celebrating the right of American women to vote, members of the state's Green Party delivered a petition that will give two women access to the presidential and vice presidential ballots in this state.

On Tuesday, August 26th, supporters of Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney brought over 2,700 petition signatures to Minnesota's Office of Secretary of State In St. Paul to get McKinney and her vice-presidential running mate, Rosa Clemente, on the ballot for the 2008 presidential election. (A minimum of 2,000 certified signatures are required by the state in order to gain ballot access in the November 4th elections.)

The McKinney-Clemente presidential ticket is currently on the ballot in 25 states and organizers say there's a good chance the campaign will make it on several more. "[T]he Cynthia McKinney-Rosa Clemente presidential ticket is breaking new ground, and breaking down barriers in American politics," the campaign reports.

Ms. McKinney and Ms. Clemente join such pioneers for equality as Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, who waged a long and persistent struggle for women's suffrage. 78 years after the nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution finally secured the right to vote for women, the McKinney-Clemente campaign is seeking ballot access in Minnesota for the first all-women presidential ticket of a national political party.

While Senator Hillary Clinton is often credited as first woman to run for president of the United States, she actually is joining the ranks of many woman before her, said University of Minnesota historian and author Sara Evans in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio Tuesday morning. Starting with Victoria Woodhull in 1872, for 136 years women have been putting themselves on the American presidential ticket, as part of a movement to bring females into the executive branch.

Historically, they have done so using parties of little political significance. Woodhull, for example, ran as a member of the Equal Rights Party.

Change though, it seems, is in the air. Had she won the Democratic endorsement in the 2008 primaries, Clinton would have been the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major political party.

McKinney, a six-term former Congresswoman from Georgia, is the first woman the Green Party has nominated for the presidency.

McKinney left the Democratic Party on her birthday in 2007 because it no longer represented her values. She was nominated as the Green Party's presidential candidate in Chicago at the their Convention July 12.

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