Kellyanne Conway Becomes First Woman To Run Winning Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton became the first woman to become a major-party candidate in the presidential race but fell short of securing the spot of the United States first female president. However, there was another woman making history as Donald Trump claimed victory in the 2016 presidential race. Kellyanne Conway became the first woman to successfully run a winning presidential campaign.

Breitbart reports that Kellyanne Conway made history as the first female to run a victorious presidential campaign, marking a huge moment for women in history. Conway initially broke barriers by becoming the first female to ever run a Republican presidential campaign which proved a smart addition to the Trump team as Conway led the team to victory.

Cosmopolitan reports that though Kellyanne Conway wasn’t made campaign manager until August 17, she was an integral part of the Trump campaign prior to her promotion, advising Trump’s team on how to best appeal to female voters. Conway’s advise seemingly paid off as FiveThirtyEight reports that Trump received more votes from white women than Clinton.

“Clinton lost the votes of white women overall and struggled to win women voters without a college education in states that could have propelled her to victory.”

Kellyanne has earned her spot as a political powerhouse and has proven that gender is not an obstacle for women hoping to go into political advising careers. While Trump struggled from allegations of being “sexist,” Conway has maintained that the president-elect was being painted in a poor light and that he was a champion for women. In fact, those claims seemed somewhat backed up by the fact that Trump gave the single most important campaign position to a woman despite it being a first for any Republican candidate.

However, Kellyanne told CNN that she was not chosen for the key position due to her gender.

“I wasn’t hired because of my gender. But it’s a special responsibility. I want to do right, apart from my gender — I want to do right as a campaign manager.”

Conway’s educational background is second-to-none as she graduated magna cum laude from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., earning a degree in political science. She then studied at Oxford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious honors society. After studying at Oxford, Conway would go on to earn a law degree with honors from George Washington University Law Center. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Kellyanne was chosen for the tough task of running a winning presidential campaign.

Conway says she was tough on Trump throughout the campaign and that she didn’t “sugarcoat” anything with him. She notes that after his Gettysburg speech, she was upset with him because she thought he sounded somewhat “defeated.” She recounts the conversation she had with Trump in the airplane after the Gettysburg speech when he went off script and ranted a little too much for Conway’s liking.

“You and I are in a fight for the next 17 days. Because I know you’re going to win. And that comment you just made sounds like you think you’re going to lose. And we’re going to argue about it until you win.”


Kellyanne’s tough approach and unending support of her candidate through thick and thin paid off not only for president-elect Donald Trump, but also for her career. Kellyanne has officially broken one of the glass ceilings placed before women and she is relishing every moment of it.

However, things may not be over for Kellyanne Conway. Rudy Giuliani has indicated that she may be in the short list of potential people to hold the position of chief of staff.

What do you think about the historic firsts for women this 2016 presidential season? Will it all be overshadowed by Clinton’s loss?

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