I was surprised to find out how many women have made it onto the ballot in presidential races and how early in our history they achieved this.
And of course, there was Patricia Schroeder.
In more recent years there have been a number of both women and African-American candidates. So let's stop saying "first" about these folks, unless we want to follow that with "First x type of candidate to raise large sums of money for their campaign." That seems to be what we mean these days when we say "credible candidate."
Campaign finance reform, anyone?