The 19th Amendment giving women the legal right to vote in all states (some states had allowed it earlier) was ratified in 1920 and later that year women were able to vote for president nationwide for the first time. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage that electing a woman president!
As for those who think a woman could not be elected president, as Elizabeth Warren noted in the most recent debate, and as noted in this cartoon, they said the same thing against Kennedy about Catholics and the same thing against Obama about African-Americans.
They said the same thing about Warren in her 2012 race against Republican incumbent Scott Brown. No woman had ever won a statewide race for governor or senator in Massachusetts before, and after the death of icon Ted Kennedy in 2010, the seat he had held — and his brother John before him — was considered a safe Democratic seat.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley got the nomination for the special election and was considered a hands-down favorite to win easily. She ran a lousy campaign, and lost to Republican Scott Brown.
So when Warren ran for the full-term seat in 2012, of course a lot of sexist naysayers told Warren she couldn’t win, either. Massachusetts was not ready for a woman senator and, blah, blah, blah. Of course, we know what happened. Nevertheless, she persisted, and Elizabeth Warren won the full-term seat by a comfortable margin and came back six years later to get re-elected by a landslide. And as Warren also noted in the debate, the only two people on the stage who had won every race they had ever been in were the two women.