8 fun facts about Jill Stein: Greens party presidential candidate

August 26, 2016 - 2 minutes read

The Greens Party in the US is an independent political party connected with social and environmental movements. They’ve nominated a presidential candidate for the 2016 US elections. Her name is Dr. Jill Stein. Here are a few interesting facts about the 2016 Greens Party presidential nominee.

Facts about Jill Stein

She graduated from Harvard

In 1973, Stein graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where she studied psychology, sociology, and anthropology. She then attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1979.

She’s a doctor

Before entering politics, Stein was a practicing physician of internal medicine. She credits her medical background as her springboard into politics because she saw the negative impact an environment could have on someone’s health. As she told the New York Times before the 2012 election, “I’m now practicing political medicine because politics is the mother of all illnesses.”

Long time environmental activist

Jill Stein has been an environmental activist since the 90s. Emergence of the link between toxic exposures and illness pushed her to fight for a healthy environment as a human right, assisting non profits, community groups.

Part time Rockstar

Stein was the lead singer of Somebody’s Sister, a 1990’s folk-rock band. Fans and curious voters can check out the 1999 album “Circuits to the Sun” .


Stein was arrested on at least two occasions: once for trespassing during a protest over the Keystone Pipeline and once for disorderly conduct as she protested her exclusion from a 2012 presidential debate.

Jill the author

She is the co-author of two widely praised reports, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009.

Cat lover

Jill Stein has an orange tabby cat named Willy. Just like every other cat, Willy loves to get in between a person and their laptop.

Second time running

2016 is not Dr. Jill Stein’s first election. She was the Green Party’s presidential nominee in 2012 and she’s also run for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010, against Republican Mitt Romney.

Next up, Liberal party nominee, Gary Johnson!

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