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Not just Hillary: Could one of these women be president? (And who else should be on the list?)

  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. speaks as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stands at left  during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. speaks as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stands at left during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • Michele Bachmann

    Michele Bachmann

  • Tammy Baldwin

    Tammy Baldwin

  • Pam Bondi

    Pam Bondi

  • Barbara Boxer

    Barbara Boxer

  • Maria Cantwell

    Maria Cantwell

  • Susan Collins

    Susan Collins

  • Mary Fallin

    Mary Fallin

  • Dianne Feinstein

    Dianne Feinstein

  • Deb Fischer

    Deb Fischer

  • Retouched

    Retouched

  • Carolyn Goodman

    Carolyn Goodman

  • Christine Gregoire

    Christine Gregoire

  • Kay Hagan

    Kay Hagan

  • Nikki Haley

    Nikki Haley

  • Kamela Harris

    Kamela Harris

  • Governor Hassan does an editorial board focusing on her budget proposal as well as other issues she faces at the beginning of her term as governor.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Governor Hassan does an editorial board focusing on her budget proposal as well as other issues she faces at the beginning of her term as governor.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Heidi Heitkamp

    Heidi Heitkamp

  • Amy Klobuchar

    Amy Klobuchar

  • Mary Landrieu

    Mary Landrieu

  • 100311-N-3560G-001<br/>PEARL HARBOR (March 11, 2010) Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is piped through the side boys after attending a retirement ceremony for Lt. Cmdr. Majelle Stevenson of the Civil Engineering Corps. Lingle presented Stevenson a letter of appreciation from the state of Hawaii for her 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge/Released) <br/>

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    PEARL HARBOR (March 11, 2010) Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is piped through the side boys after attending a retirement ceremony for Lt. Cmdr. Majelle Stevenson of the Civil Engineering Corps. Lingle presented Stevenson a letter of appreciation from the state of Hawaii for her 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge/Released)

  • Susan Martinez

    Susan Martinez

  • Claire McCaskill

    Claire McCaskill

  • Barbara Mikulski

    Barbara Mikulski

  • Lisa Murkowski

    Lisa Murkowski

  • Patty Murray

    Patty Murray

  • FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. officials say Napolitano is resigning to take a senior posting in the University of California system. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. officials say Napolitano is resigning to take a senior posting in the University of California system. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

  • Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves to supporters as she walks to the podium during the Tea Party Express event held in Manchester on Monday, September 5.

    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves to supporters as she walks to the podium during the Tea Party Express event held in Manchester on Monday, September 5.

  • Annise Parker

    Annise Parker

  • Samantha Power

    Samantha Power

  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

  • Condi Rice

    Condi Rice

  • Susan Rice

    Susan Rice

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Cathy McMorris Rodgers

  • Kathleen Sebelius

    Kathleen Sebelius

  • U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen meets with the Monitor for an editorial review board; Monday, March 21, 2011.

    U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen meets with the Monitor for an editorial review board; Monday, March 21, 2011.

  • Olympia Snowe

    Olympia Snowe

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    Retouched

  • Elizabeth Warren

    Elizabeth Warren

  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. speaks as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stands at left  during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Michele Bachmann
  • Tammy Baldwin
  • Pam Bondi
  • Barbara Boxer
  • Maria Cantwell
  • Susan Collins
  • Mary Fallin
  • Dianne Feinstein
  • Deb Fischer
  • Retouched
  • Carolyn Goodman
  • Christine Gregoire
  • Kay Hagan
  • Nikki Haley
  • Kamela Harris
  • Governor Hassan does an editorial board focusing on her budget proposal as well as other issues she faces at the beginning of her term as governor.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Heidi Heitkamp
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Mary Landrieu
  • 100311-N-3560G-001<br/>PEARL HARBOR (March 11, 2010) Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is piped through the side boys after attending a retirement ceremony for Lt. Cmdr. Majelle Stevenson of the Civil Engineering Corps. Lingle presented Stevenson a letter of appreciation from the state of Hawaii for her 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge/Released) <br/>
  • Susan Martinez
  • Claire McCaskill
  • Barbara Mikulski
  • Lisa Murkowski
  • Patty Murray
  • FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. officials say Napolitano is resigning to take a senior posting in the University of California system. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
  • Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves to supporters as she walks to the podium during the Tea Party Express event held in Manchester on Monday, September 5.
  • Annise Parker
  • Samantha Power
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
  • Condi Rice
  • Susan Rice
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers
  • Kathleen Sebelius
  • U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen meets with the Monitor for an editorial review board; Monday, March 21, 2011.
  • Olympia Snowe
  • Retouched
  • Elizabeth Warren

Tomorrow the “Madam President” project will roll into New Hampshire: an effort by the Emily’s List organization to get America talking about the prospect of a woman being elected president. Part of the problem, apparently, is getting voters to see women as realistic contenders for the office. Many men who get elected to major statewide or federal offices are somehow automatically seen as legitimate. Why not women?

Here’s a look at 40 women whose credentials are as serious as many of the men who have competed in the New Hampshire presidential primary in recent years. How many do you recognize? And who (besides Hillary Clinton!) do you think we left out? Let us know what you think; you can send your thoughts to letters@cmonitor.com.

Meanwhile, here are the identities of the 40 women pictured on this page. They are arranged alphabetically, left to right, from the top of the page to the bottom:

∎ Kelly Ayotte, Republican senator from New Hampshire

∎ Michele Bachmann, Republican congresswoman from Minnesota; presidential primary candidate in 2012.

∎ Tammy Baldwin, Democratic U.S. senator from Wisconsin

∎ Pam Bondi, Republican attorney general of Florida

∎ Barbara Boxer, Democratic U.S. senator from California

∎ Maria Cantwell, Democratic U.S. senator from Washington

∎ Susan Collins, Republican U.S. senator from Maine

∎ Mary Fallin, Republican governor of Oklahoma

∎ Dianne Feinstein, Democratic U.S. senator from California

∎ Deb Fischer, Republican U.S. senator from Nebraska

∎ Kirsten GillIbrand, Democratic U.S. senator from New York

∎ Carolyn Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas

∎ Christine Gregoire, former Democratic governor of Washington

∎ Kay Hagan, Democratic U.S. senator from North Carolina

∎ Nikki Haley, Republican governor South Carolina

∎ Kamala Harris, Democratic attorney general of California

 Maggie Hassan, Democratic governor of New Hampshire

∎ Heidi Heitkamp, Democratic U.S. senator from North Dakota

∎ Amy Klobuchar, Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota

∎ Mary Landrieu , Democratic U.S. senator from Louisiana

∎ Linda Lingle, former Republican governor of Hawaii

∎ Susana Martinez, Republican governor of New Mexico

∎ Claire McCaskill, Democratic U.S. senator from Missouri

∎ Barbara Mikulski, Democratic U.S. senator from Maryland

∎ Lisa Murkowski, Republican U.S. senator from Alaska

∎ Patty Murray, Democratic U.S. senator from Washington

∎ Janet Napolitano, Democrat, former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

∎ Sarah Palin, Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008

∎ Annise D. Parker, mayor of Houston

∎ Samantha Power, U.N. ambassador

∎ Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, mayor of Baltimore

∎ Condoleezza Rice, former Republican secretary of state

∎ Susan Rice, national security adviser

∎ Cathy McMorris Rodgers, congresswoman from Washington, highest ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives

∎ Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

∎ Jeanne Shaheen, Democratic senator from New Hampshire

∎ Olympia Snowe, former Republican U.S. senator from Maine

∎ Debbie Stabenow, Democratic U.S. senator from Michigan

∎ Elizabeth Warren, Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts

∎ Christine Todd Whitman, former Republican governor of New Jersey.

Legacy Comments12

Maybe it wasn't Ayotte's picture the Monitor liked. Could it be the will loved handsome guy she is with? Ayotte blows in the wind. She took such a beating over the background checks that she decided to be against the Syr Maybe it is not Ayotte's picture the Monitor liked, maybe it is the well loved guy she is pictured with.

Oh dear, before Rabbit or GWTW jump on my mistakes, must say my cat jumped on the keys, but you get the idea.

There is a reason Jeanne Shaheen takes a low profile in the Senate. Shaheen's voting record is embarrassing: She voted against her constituents in the following: She voted for bombing Syria, she voted for Obamakare and still votes for ObamaKare. She voted for the sequester and against jobs in NH. Jeanne Shaheen is a joke and the Monitor is going to do the best the hide her voting record and her Senatorial Warts.

More than half of these women have the intelligence, temperament, skills, and political chops to be president. The others are lame, or laughable. But any list of male prospects would be no different (though the Republican Primary circus of 2012 might reasonably lead to the conclusion that the women's list embodies more substantial candidates) , and that parity needs to be acknowledged -- which is what the Emily's List effort is all about.

Jeanne Shaheen presidential lumber, what a joke.

Same for Kelly Ayotte!

TM, Ayottee has already has been mentioned as Vice Presidential material. I know the current VP is a major league joke but Kelly Ayottee is a leader and more than willing to stand up for what she believes in unlike Jeanne Shaheen who does exactly what her party tells her what to do.

Funny the Monitor used Ayotte's picture not Shaheen.

Don't know about Sarah Palin, she might decide to quit in the middle oh her term if she sees an easier way to make more money.

Kirsten Gillabrand..AKA.."retouched"

I love this article. I love the concept, and I love the non-partisan array of ladies on the list.

Elizabeth Warren - now that's a woman to keep an eye on.

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