On May 10, 1872, Victoria Woodhull made history by becoming the first woman nominated for president of the United States. Woodhull was a trailblazer, a suffragist, and a fearless advocate for women’s rights.
Born in Ohio in 1838, Woodhull was a self-made woman who worked as a stockbroker. She founded the first woman-owned brokerage firm in the country along with her sister, Tennessee Claflin. However, her outspokenness and advocacy for women’s rights made her a controversial figure, and she was often dismissed as a radical or a quack.
She began advocating for women’s suffrage in the late 1860s, and her activism earned her a place in history. In 1870, she and her sister launched a newspaper called Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly, which became a platform for their ideas and activism. They used the newspaper to support women’s suffrage, free love, and other progressive causes.
In 1872, Woodhull announced her candidacy for president of the United States, running on the Equal Rights Party ticket. She and her running mate, Frederick Douglass, received endorsements from suffragists and abolitionists, but their campaign was met with fierce opposition from the press and the political establishment. Many people denounced her candidacy, arguing that a woman could not hold the highest office in the land.
Despite the opposition, Woodhull remained committed to her campaign, believing that women deserved a seat at the political table. She toured the country, speaking at rallies and advocating for women’s suffrage. She also continued to publish her newspaper, using it to promote her candidacy and ideas.
Ultimately, Victoria Woodhull’s campaign was unsuccessful, and she did not win the presidency. However, her candidacy paved the way for future women to run for office and significantly impacted the women’s rights movement. Her bravery and tenacity in the face of opposition set an example for other women to follow, and her legacy lives on today in the fight for gender equality.