This year, Hillary Clinton has come closer than ever before to becoming the first female presidential nominee for a major party -- and potentially the first female president of the United States. But before there was Hillz and Carly, there was Victoria Claflin Woodhul. And Shirley Chisolm. And Sonia Johnson.
In total, there have been 49 women who have sought party nomination for the presidency, and 35 women who have run as party nominees. Some, like Gracie Allen of the "Surprise Party" ran as stunt candidates, some ran to make a political statement, like Socialist Workers Party nominee Linda Jenness, and some truly intended to earn the most important office in the country.
At the beginning of Women's History Month, as we're in the middle of a fiery presidential primary, seems like the perfect time to reflection the women that came before -- and paved the way -- for political figures like Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina.
Below are 18 women -- in chronological order -- who have attempted to crack that very highest glass ceiling: