Female president of the United States in popular culture
The idea of a female president of the United States has been explored by various writers in novels (including science fiction), movies and television, as well as other media. Numerous actresses have portrayed a female president of the United States. Such portrayals have occurred in comedies as well as serious works. Fictional acting female presidents of the United States are not included in this article.
Movies and televisionEdit
These movies and television shows are American unless stated otherwise.
- The 1924 silent science-fiction film The Last Man on Earth shows a woman as president of the United States; in the movie all adult men die of disease.
- In the 1932 animated short Betty Boop for President, Betty Boop (voiced by Mae Questel) runs for and wins the presidency of the United States.
- In the 1948 animated short Olive Oyl for President, a dream sequence shows Olive Oyl (voiced by Mae Questel) successfully running for president of the United States, after which she makes married men exempt from taxes in the hopes that Popeye will propose.
- In Project Moonbase, a 1953 science-fiction film, Ernestine Barrier plays a female president of the United States.
- In the 1964 comedy film Kisses for My President, Polly Bergen plays Leslie McCloud, the first female president of the United States. Leslie eventually discovers that she is pregnant, and resigns the presidency to devote herself full-time to her family.
- In the 1985 ABC sitcom Hail to the Chief, Patty Duke plays the first female president of the United States. The show focused on President Julia Mansfield's attempt at balancing her political career with raising her family.
- In the 1986 British satire film Whoops Apocalypse, Loretta Swit plays Barbara Adams, the first female president of the United States.
- In the 1987 Australian film Les Patterson Saves the World, Joan Rivers plays the president of the United States.
- In the pilot to the 1992 TV series X-Men, a female president of the United States is briefly shown.
- In the 1995 episode "The Weaker Sex" of the TV series Sliders, Teresa Barnwell plays Hillary Clinton as president of the United States in an alternative universe where women are in charge.
- In the 1996 comedy science fiction film Mars Attacks!, Natalie Portman plays the United States president's teenage daughter, who becomes the United States president herself after the government is destroyed by aliens.
- In the 1998 comedy film Mafia!, Christina Applegate plays United States President Diane Steen. This character is a parody of Diane Keaton’s character in the Godfather series, and she almost accomplishes world peace but is distracted by her boyfriend, a mobster.
- In the 2000 episode "Bart to the Future" of the FOX TV series The Simpsons, Bart looks thirty years into the future, at which time Lisa Simpson (voiced by Yeardley Smith) has become president of the United States after succeeding Donald Trump. In real life, Donald Trump became president of the United States in 2017. In the episode, Lisa states that she is "proud to be America's first straight female president," and it is implied that Chaz Bono, at the time still identifying as a lesbian, had previously been president.
- In the 2000 episode "The Election" of the PBS TV series Arthur, Mary Alice ‘Muffy’ (voiced by Melissa Altro) is shown to become president of the United States in the future.
- In the 2001-2010 TV series 24, Cherry Jones plays the president of the United States. President Allison Taylor, who she plays, takes office in the 2008 TV movie, 24: Redemption, and serves in Season 7 and Season 8. At the end of season 8 she resigns and goes to prison. She is the first female president of the United States, and though she is a Republican she is said to be based on Hillary Clinton.
- In the 2001 American-Argentinian science-fiction film Perfect Lover, set in 2030, the world is run by women and Sally Champlin plays the female president of the United States. The film begins with her saying, "I did not have sexual relations with that young man", similar to a real-life quote by president Bill Clinton.
- In CBS's 2004 TV series Century City's fictional timeline, Oprah Winfrey is the president of the United States.
- ABC's 2005-2006 TV series Commander in Chief focused on the fictional administration and family of Mackenzie Allen (played by Geena Davis), the first female president of the United States, who ascends to the post from the vice presidency after the death of the sitting president from a sudden cerebral aneurysm.
- In the 2005-2009 FOX TV series Prison Break, Patricia Wettig plays vice President Caroline Reynolds, who becomes president of the United States after she arranges the assassination of the former president.
- In the 2006 French miniseries L'État de Grace, Peggy Frankston plays Hillary Clinton, who is shown as the president of the United States in two episodes.
- A 2006 BBC Four adaptation of John Wyndham's short story Random Quest depicts the main character being sucked into an alternative reality in which Condoleezza Rice is president of the United States.
- In ABC's 2008-2009 TV series Life on Mars (a remake of BBC's series of the same name), it is hinted that Malia Obama, the daughter of then-candidate Barack Obama, is the president of the United States in 2035.
- In Showtime's TV series Homeland, which began in 2011, Elizabeth Marvel plays United States President Elizabeth Keane.
- In ABC's TV series Scandal, which began in 2012, Bellamy Young plays Melody Margaret Grant, who becomes the first female president of the United States.
- In the 2012 Finnish-German-Australian film Iron Sky, Stephanie Paul plays a female president of the United States as a Sarah Palin-esque parody.
- In the 2011-2012 English-language Franco-Canadian TV series XIII: The Series, Sally Sheridan appears in two episodes. Mimi Kuzyk plays Sally Sheridan, who becomes the first female president of the United States, but is assassinated. Kuzyk previously appeared as United States President Sally Sheridan in the miniseries XIII: The Conspiracy, in which Sheridan is also assassinated.
- In the HBO TV series Veep, which began in 2012, Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays vice President Selina Meyer, who becomes the 45th president of the United States after the sitting president resigns to look after his mentally ill wife. Her successor as United States president, Laura Montez, played by Andrea Savage, is also a woman. Meyer wins re-election in 2020 (albeit through Chinese election interference and a series of compromising acts at her party's brokered convention) and serves a single full term. At Meyer's funeral in 2045, a former successful two-term president, Kemi Talbot (a progressive rival to Meyer during the 2020 primaries and the brokered convention), played by Toks Olagundoye, delivers the main eulogy.
- In the Netflix TV series House of Cards, which began in 2013, Robin Wright plays Claire Underwood, who becomes the United States president after the resignation of her husband Frank Underwood.
- In the 2014-2015 NBC TV series State of Affairs, Alfre Woodard plays Constance Payton, the first black female president of the United States.
- In the 2015 film Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Penny Johnson Jerald plays United States President Amanda Waller in an unspecified alternative universe.
- In the 2015 Spanish animated adventure film Capture the Flag, there is a female president of the United States. In this film, she realizes the chaos brought by the conspiracy theories and disbelief of the first missions to the moon provoked by the evil industrialist Richard Carson, who plans to conquer the moon after denouncing the NASA Apollo 11 mission as a fake to the public. She orders NASA to once again go to the moon, before Carson, in order to rescue the historical flag planted on the moon to show the truth to the whole world.
- In the TV series Supergirl, which began in 2015, Lynda Carter plays United States President Olivia Marsdin.
- In the TV series Quantico, which began in 2015, Marcia Cross plays Claire Haas, who becomes president of the United States after the president steps down.
- In the 2016 science-fiction film Independence Day: Resurgence, Sela Ward plays Elizabeth Lanford, the 45th and first female president of the United States, who is in her first term, succeeding Thomas J. Whitmore, William Grey, and Lucas Jacobs. She is eventually killed by the alien queen.
- In a sketch in a 2016 episode of the Comedy Central TV series Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer plays United States President Schinton, who has her period on her first day as president, and does poorly because of it.
- In the 2018 film Hunter Killer, Caroline Goodall plays United States President Ilene Dover.
- In the 2019 film Long Shot, Charlotte Field is sworn in as the first female president of the United States.
In 2017, a song called "First Woman President", about a fictional first female president of the United States, was released; it is by the American musician Jonathan Mann. The song depicts the female president as having an all-female Cabinet and liberal policies (for example "paid family leave, for both Mom and Dad"), and the singer says it is easy to be proud of his country under her presidency.
Female presidents of the United States have often appeared in science-fiction novels. In the 1959 science-fiction novel Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (the pen name of Harry Hart Frank) President Josephine Vannebuker-Brown, formerly the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, becomes president of the United States because she was the only member of the line of succession to survive nuclear war; this novel was one of the first apocalyptic novels of the nuclear age and consistently ranks in Amazon.com's Top 20 Science Fiction Short Stories list (which groups together short story collections and novels). Other science-fiction novels which feature female presidents of the United States include K.A. Applegate’s 2001-2003 series Remnants, Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter’s 2005 Sunstorm and 2001 The Light of Other Days, Jack McDevitt’s 1998 Moonfall, Robert J. Sawyer’s 2013 Red Planet Blues, John Shirley's 1985, 1988, and 1990 cyberpunk Eclipse Trilogy of novels, Allen Steele's 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Coyote series of novels, and Robert Anton Wilson’s 1979 Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy of novels.
There is also a female president of the United States in the non-science-fiction novels Shall We Tell the President? (1977) and The Prodigal Daughter (1982), both by Jeffrey Archer, First Hubby (1990), by Roy Blount Jr., and The Woman President (2016), by Erwin Hargrove; in The Prodigal Daughter, First Hubby, and The Woman President the female president obtains her position through the death of the former president. Archer got the inspiration for his female president character Florentyna Kane's political life and rise to the presidency in The Prodigal Daughter from the real-life elections of Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi. Shall We Tell the President? also by Archer, initially featured president Ted Kennedy, but following the success of The Prodigal Daughter and a previous book featuring Kane in earlier life, called Kane and Abel, the character was changed to president Kane in later editions. Michael Bowen's novel HILLARY!: How America's First Woman President Won The White House (2003) is about the fictional presidency of real politician Hillary Clinton.
Some American stand-up comedians, for example Ted Alexandro and Chaunté Wayans, have joked in their stand-up comedy about a fictional woman being president of the United States, and done an impression of such a woman.
- There is a female president of the United States in the 1939 science-fiction short story Greater Than Gods, by C.L. Moore.
- In the 1985 National Lampoon magazine article "Rose, Rose, There She Goes...Into the Bushes to Take Off Her Clothes", written by Shary Flenniken, Rose Ambrose becomes the vice president of the United States because she is having an affair with the president, and later becomes president of the United States herself after the former president dies of a heart attack while having sex, and is eventually shot and killed by several people, including the former first lady.
- An ad campaign for Donna Karan in 1992 called "In Women We Trust" featured model Rosemary McGrotha as a female president of the United States.
- In a 1993 Slovenian clothing commercial, Melanija Knavs (who would later become First Lady Melania Trump in 2017) plays the first female president of the United States on the day she is inaugurated; the character is meant to be president of the United States, although the European Union flag is mistakenly used in place of the American flag.
- In the 2003 science-fiction comic book series Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and José Marzán Jr., Secretary of Agriculture Margaret Valentine becomes president of the United States after a plague kills all the men; she later wins reelection because Oprah was not available.
- In the 2010 video game Vanquish Elizabeth Winters is president of the United States. She is voiced by Lee Meriwether. In the game it is revealed that Winters has betrayed America, and she kills herself.
- In 2012, the first President Barbie was released.
- In 2016, an ad campaign for Elie Tahari called "Madam President" featured Shlomit Malka as a female president of the United States. Tahari intended this campaign to be an endorsement of Hillary Clinton, saying, "We have a choice between a man and a woman, and the woman is smarter and more humble, and I wanted to say I support that."
- In 2018, the New York Times published two stories written as if reporting on the 2020 presidential election results, one titled "How Trump Won Re-election in 2020", by Bret Stephens, and one titled "How Trump Lost Re-election in 2020", by David Leonhardt; in both Elizabeth Warren was said to be his opponent in that election. Thus, one of the stories (the one where he lost and she won) was about her becoming the first female president of the United States.
- In the 2019 video game Death Stranding, Bridget Strand is the first female president of the United States, and also the last ever president prior to the Death Stranding event.
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