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Center for Women and Politics of Ohio

Fifty years before a woman could vote or even enter most restaurants without a male escort, Victoria Woodhull, an Ohio native, ran for president of the United States. Her campaign in 1872 set the stage for how women would change the face of politics for the next 150 years.

The Baldwin Wallace Center for Women and Politics of Ohio (CWPO) is a non-partisan public resource that tells the story of women running for public office in Ohio. You are invited to contribute to the conversation, dig into research and share the resources of this Center.

One Hundred Years (And Then Some!) of Women Running for Office in Ohio

With data covering over 100 years, more than 600 elected officials, and 50 election cycles, combined with the compelling and inspiring stories of the state's trail blazers, this 40-page book explores the history of the remarkable women who have represented Ohio from 1872 to 2020. While tremendous progress has been made, in the 21st century, female candidates in Ohio still face significant barriers, and the state has fallen behind the nation in the proportion of women serving in many of its offices. With the new reforms that will reshape Ohio's legislative districts going into effect in 2022 and the demographic changes altering the state’s political profile, will Ohio be able to catch up?

Buy the book: One Hundred Years (And Then Some!) of Women Running for Office in Ohio

Victoria Woodhull Tile First women elected to Ohio state legislature Florence Allen Tile Florence Allen first female federal judge Frances Bolton tile Gertrude Donahey tile Helen Rankin tile Jo Ann Davidson tile Nancy Hollister tile Maureen O'Connor tile 31% of Ohio's state legislature is female