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  • Here are 6 women who tried to become the first female president

  • At the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton set a historic precedent by becoming the first female to secure a major party nomination. Clinton now has an opportunity to make history as the first woman president. Here's a look at some other women who tried to make their mark on history in the same fashion:

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At the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first female to secure a major-party nomination. Clinton now has an opportunity to make history as the first woman president, if she can beat Donald Trump. Here's a look at some other women who tried to make their mark on history in the same fashion:

1. Carly Fiorina

After graduating from Stanford's School of Business and MIT's School of Management, Fiorina dove right into corporate America working a number of positions before moving into middle-management with AT&T and eventually becoming the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the first woman to head a Fortune 50 company. However, she was forced out of the position and eventually went into public policy and non-profit work -- she led the American Conservative Union Foundation at one point, and served as a senior advisor to John McCain in 2008. After running for president in 2015 and having one notable debate performance against Donald Trump, Fiorina dropped out of the race in February of 2016 after poor showings in the primaries. She would go on to become Sen. Ted Cruz's running mate for two short weeks until his candidacy ended following multiple losses to Trump, also ending her vice presidential bid. She continues to speak out for women in politics and against Clinton for her liberal policies.

2. Michele Bachmann

After graduating law school from Oral Roberts University, Bachmann became the first Republican woman elected to Congress out of Minnesota in 2006, a position she wold serve until 2015. A pro-life activist and foster parent to 23 teenaged girls, she would run for president in 2012 on a Tea Party message that had widespread appeal to conservatives and evangelicals in the South. But her campaign was tumultuous and full of gaffes, ending early in 2012 after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. Although she is no longer an elected official, Bachmann has chimed in her opposition to Clinton throughout the 2016 election.

3. Elizabeth Dole

Dole is the wife of former Democratic nominee Sen. Bob Dole, but made her way to the candidacy for president in 2000 after extensive work with the American Red Cross with whom she served as president. In the 80s and 90s, she also served important posts in Washington as Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Labor, and by the 2000 election Dole figured she was ready to run for the nation's highest office. It was a short campaign, however, as she dropped out of the race after placing third behind George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa straw poll. After serving as U.S. Senator in the aughts, she established the Dole Foundation she in 2012 with a mission to help caregivers of wounded military service members.

4. Ellen McCormack

In somewhat of a novel run for president as a Democrat and a "housewife," McCormack ran for president 1976 as an anti-abortion candidate and famously challenged President Jimmy Carter in a debate. She became the first woman to qualify for federal campaign matching funds, and won 22 delegates at the Democratic National Convention although she did not factor much into the popular vote.

5. Carol Moseley Braun

After receiving her law degree from the University of Chicago in 1972, Braun became an attorney before serving in the Illinois state legislature and eventually becoming a U.S. ambassador appointed by President Bill Clinton. She won election as a U.S. senator in 1992, the first black female to do so. Running as a Democrat, she competed in a crowded field for the nomination in 2004. It was as short-lived run however as she went on to endorse Howard Dean ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Nowadays, Braun runs the Ambassador Organics food line.

6. Shirley Chisholm

Chisholm broke barriers as the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, and did so from 1969 to 1983. The Brooklyn native served New York in Congress and in 1972 became the first African-American to ever run for president on a major party ticket, and won over 151 delegates at the Democratic National Convention. She never won more than 7.5 percent of the vote in any primary, however, and her biggest moment arguably came when she visited erstwhile Republican candidate George Wallace in the hospital after he was shot on the campaign trail. The two later pushed through a bipartisan bill to give domestic workers the right to a minimum wage, and President Obama would award her the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously for her work on civil rights.
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