The Woman who Ran for President: The Many Lives of Victoria Woodhull

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This biography of Victoria Woodhull is the story of how a major feminist pioneer, scarcely known today, moved from poverty and spiritualism to become the first woman Wall Street broker, the first woman to testify before Congress on suffrage and, in 1872, the first woman to run for president.
Author Lois Underhill tells how Woodhull challenged the manly status quo not only in politics and business, but on the social scene as well. She fought for sexual freedom for women. She published a weekly newspaper that was the first to expose the Henry Ward Beecher scandal, as a protest against the double standard and the famous minister's hypocrisy, not his immorality. She herself led an unconventional private life, the stuff of a Bronte novel.

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Former ad executive Underhill writes with a flair that perfectly suits the savory, savvy 19th-century feminist whose life speaks to our own sensational and self-styling era. Born humbly in Homer, Ohio ... Read full review

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Those who questioned women's abilities had to contend with the likes of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman Wall Street broker. Underhill redeems from obscurity the feminist pioneer who ran for president in 1872 and was the first woman to testify before Congress on suffrage. (LJ 5/15/95) Read full review


II NEW YORK CITY 1867 1877
III ENGLAND 18771927
EPILOGUE Women Must Own Themselves

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About the author (1995)

Gloria Steinem was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 25, 1934. She graduated from Smith College in 1956 and then spent two years in India on a Chester Bowles Fellowship. She is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. In 1968, she co-founded New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and remained one of its editors for fifteen years. In 1993, she co-produced and narrated Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories, which was a documentary on child abuse for HBO, and co-produced the original TV movie Better Off Dead, which examined the parallel forces that both oppose abortion and support the death penalty. She has written numerous books including Marilyn: Norma Jean, Moving Beyond Words, My Life on the Road, and Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions. She has received numerous awards including The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Award in 2014 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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