DNC: Precidents for women at the Democratic National Convention


This first day of the Democratic National Convention will begin a precedent setting event for women. Advancements for women often coincide with an Emotional High 1991-2009 in the Cycles. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke on opening night at the convention. Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House of Representative on January 4, 2007, following her elections in November, 2006. Michelle Obama who is scheduled to speak on behalf of her husband, Barak Obama, will become the first spouse of a presumptive nominee to speak at a convention on the opening night. New York Senator Hillary Clinton will be on the ballot by virtue of the fact that she won more primary elections and received more votes than any woman who has run for president. Note some other precedents in history:

  • Clinton was the first woman to win more than one political. primary, she won 23 contests (Emotional High 1991-2009).
  • The first three women nominated for president were Sen. Margaret Chase Smith 1964 (Emotional High 1955-1973), Rep. Shirley Chisholm 1972, and activist Ellen McCormack 1976.
  • Kentucky’s Laura Clay was the first woman to receive a vote for president at a major party convention when she got 1 vote from Democrats in 1920 (Emo. High 1919-1937).
  • Former Colo. Rep. Pat Schroeder was the most recent woman to receive a vote for president at a national convention when she got 8 votes in 1992.
  • Slightly more that half of this year’s delegates at the DNC are women.
  • In 1984 Democratic vice presidential nominee, Geraldine Ferraro, was the only woman to serve on a major party ticket (The Mondale/Fearraro ticket won the fewest states of any presidential nominee, carrying only Minnesota and the District of Columbia during the Emo. Low 1973-1991). [1. Source: statics above (minus refences to Cycles) came from the CNN Newsroom televised on Monday morning, August 25, 2008.]

The roll call vote at the DNC on August 27, 2008, yielded a record number of votes for woman presiential candidate, Senator Hillary Clinton. When the roll call vote reached the Senator’s state for New York, Senator Clinton requested that the convention select Senator Barack Obama by a vote of acclamation. Senator Obama was the front runner in the vote count and the vote by acclamation passed unanimously. Nevertheless, the record number of votes for a woman presidential candidate would have been even greater in number had it not been cut short, and it came during and <a href=http://www.kalarhythms.org/american-cycles/21st-century/2000s-timelines.htm#pol.emo target=”_blank”>Emotional High</a>,