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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Everyone interested in the history of women's rights will be fascinated. -- Katherine Graham Washington Post Book World Woodhull campaigned to full houses across the country, espousing votes for women, free love and the right of women to earn money and own themselves...Underhill reveals wonderful things herself, in language as resplendent and eloquent as that of her subject. Los Angeles Times A vivid and detailed biography based upon newly available documentary sources...of a charismatic but maverick 19th century feminist Library Journal

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