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)
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.
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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)
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.
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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen meets with the Monitor for an editorial review board; Monday, March 21, 2011.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.