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Political Wives Who Overshadowed Their Husbands

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Women who have overshadowed their politician husbands include some of the greatest women in political history as well as some of the most influential people in US history. These politically savvy females rank as some of the best known women in US history not just because they were married to a famous politician, but because they carved a name for themselves in Washington D.C. and throughout the US and the world. 

The untimely death of Elizabeth Edwards was a reminder that female leaders, politicians, first ladies, and political wives in general lost a great friend and a true beacon of success and charisma in the world of female politicians. Her addition to the list of the greats is a testament to the resilience of women and their unique ability to triumph in the face of adversity the way Edwards did.

Who are the top female politicians? What political wives are more famous than their husbands? here are some of the greatest political wives in the history of politics that show us all just how much of an impact a powerful spouse can make. Take a moment to vote for the women in politics and the public eye who were more effective and successful than their famous political husbands.

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    To say Elizabeth Edwards has had a tumultuous couple of years preceding her death is an understatement. Even saying she's had a "tumultuous life" is borderline inaccurate. Elizabeth Edwards has gone through almost every painful experience imaginable to get her to everything she accomplished in her life.

    Her quiet yet firm submission to cancer is remarkable considering the other personal dramas going on in her life, including husband and presidential hopeful John Edward's infidelity, that she's had to battle with.

    In 1996, her first born son Wade Edwards was killed in a car accident at the age of 16.

    Edwards then created the Wade Edwards Foundation which focuses on the academic and overall excellence of young people. In 2004, she went on the campaign trail with John Edwards and his running mate Senator John Kerry and was diagnosed with invasive ductal cancer the same day Edwards and Kerry conceded the presidential race to George Bush. Not until Elizabeth Edwards finished stumping for her husband though did she see a specialist.

    In 2007, believed to be in remission, Elizabeth once again stood by her husband's side as he started his campaign as a presidential candidate. When the cancer came back, Elizabeth said at a press conference: "I'm absolutely ready for this. I don't look sickly, I don't feel sickly. I'm ready as any person can be for this."

    True to her word, she blazed ahead, working the campaign trail and raising two young children.

    Then, the affair.

    The ubiquitous affair between Jon Edwards and a former video campaign aide, Rielle Hunter, which also produced a hidden pregnancy rattled Elizabeth and the Edwards family. Through the entire episode, Elizabeth remained respectable, only saying that "John's conduct through this whole thing was terrible."

    When the news hit that the cancer had spread to her liver and that further treatment would be ineffective, Elizabeth responded in her characteristically good nature, going on Facebook and posting to her fans and supporters a hopeful message: "I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces--my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope."

    This inspiring view of life in spite of hardships make Elizabeth Edwards shine much brighter than her one-time U.S. Senator- long-time cheating- husband, John Edwards. On December 7th, 2010, Elizabeth Edwards succumbed to metastatic breast cancer just one day after her family made the announcement she had ceased her cancer treatments. 


    Born: 1949
    Birthplace: Florida, Contiguous United States, United States of America, Area code 904, DVD Region 1 + 4 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Attorney at law, Author, Lawyer
    Institution: University of Mary Washington, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Degree: Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Arts
    Employer: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Merriman, Nicholls, and Crampton, Harwell Barr Martin & Sloan, Wake County Public School System
    Cause Of Death: Breast cancer, Metastatic breast cancer
    Place Of Death: Chapel Hill, Contiguous United States, United States of America, Orange County, DVD Region 1 + 3 more
    Date Of Death: 2010
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