By one count, of the more than 200 people who have run for president over the years, fewer than 30 have been women.
While women have made headway in the nation's boardrooms and science labs — and even in politics — in recent times, they have not received top-of-the-ticket nominations from the Democratic or Republican parties.
With Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann considering runs as Republican candidates, the 2012 political race might be a game-changer.
Fire crews in Arizona were bulldozing containment lines and setting backfires Thursday in hopes of gaining some control over a massive fire that has forced thousands from their homes and could take out the electrical grid supplying power as far east as Texas.
The 607-square-mile blaze, the second-largest ever seen in Arizona, is expected to reach the power lines as early as Friday. If the lines are damaged, hundreds of thousands of people in New Mexico and Texas could face rolling blackouts.
"The death of Osama bin Laden is a significant victory in our campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida ... [though it] does not mean we can rest," CIA Director Leon Panetta, who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense, tells the Senate Armed Services Committee.