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The Women You Didn't Know Ran for US President

President Barack Obama made history in April when he designated a national monument near the iconic National Woman's Party headquarters, where members of the Party led the struggle for women's equality, publishing more than 600 pieces of federal, state, and local legislation in support of equal rights.

"I want young boys and girls to come here 10, 20, 100 years from now to know that women fought for equality," Obama said as he officially announced the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument. "It wasn't just given to them. I want them to come here and be astonished that there was ever a time when women could not vote, that there was ever a time where a woman never sat in the Oval Office."

But if we trace back through the history books, there were three women who blazed a trail in American politics in an effort to break the highest glass ceiling of them all: president.

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