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15 important jobs women have never held

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Women have held many roles that were previously reserved for men.
But there are still more firsts to accomplish.
From US president to CEO of a top-5 Fortune 500 company, here are 15 important jobs a woman has never held.

Women have come a long way since they started joining the workforce in large numbers in the late 19th century, and since then there have been many historic firsts.

In law and politics, Annette Adams became the first female US attorney general in 1918. Rebecca Felton was sworn in as the first female US Senator in 1922. And Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Supreme Court Justice in 1981.

In business, Lettie Pate Whitehead became the first woman to serve as a director of a major corporation, Coca-Cola, in 1934. Katharine Graham became the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company, The Washington Post, in 1972. And in 1999, Carly Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Dow 30 company, Hewlett-Packard.

There are still more firsts to come. 

With the help of Catalyst, a nonprofit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces, and the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, here are important jobs a woman has never held:

A woman has never been the President of the United States
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Victoria Claflin Woodhull, a leader of the woman’s suffrage movement, became the first female candidate for president of the United States in 1872. African-American abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass was her running mate.

Since then, several other women have run for US president, including “Surprise Party” candidate Gracie Allen, who ran a satirical campaign in 1940, and current Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Former Secretary of State and US Senator Hillary Clinton came close when she won the popular vote but lost the presidency in 2016
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Since 1782, several other women have run for US president, including “Surprise Party” candidate Gracie Allen, who ran a satirical campaign in 1940, and most recently Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who lost to President Donald Trump in 2016.


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Though the US came close to joining one of the 59 other countries that have had a woman leader, women have yet to shatter the country’s ultimate glass ceiling. 

A woman has never been the vice president of the United States
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Geraldine Anne Ferraro, a lawyer, Democratic Party politician, and member of the US House of Representatives, became the first female vice-presidential candidate for a major American political party in 1984.

Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale selected her to be his running mate in the election against Republican candidate Ronald Reagan; they lost.

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