Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Victoria Claflin Woodhull - Women's History Month

Let's start off today with some facts about our honoree of today...

-She was the first woman to run for president, and the first woman to spend Election Day in jail!

-She ran for president four times!

-Harriet Beecher Stowe and Catharine Beecher called her a tramp.

-She distributed obscene materials.

-Had three husbands.

Doesn’t she sound so exciting already?! It’s Victoria Claflin Woodhull!

Victoria Claflin Woodhull
(September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927) is infamous and known for her symbolism towards women’s rights, free love, and labor reforms. She was a very unique person and lived like no other back in her day. She was larger than life and lived her life as freely as the people in our society today.

Woodhull ran for president four times, remade herself several times to become a Wall Street broker, was a radical reformer, and advocated for women’s suffrage and legalization of prostitution.

Can you believe that someone actually stood up for themselves this long ago?! Imagine all the controversy that she went through!

Victoria is a perfect role model for women to be more daring, courageous, and outspoken!

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