In 1872, when women still wore corsets and bustles, when it was “inappropriate” for women to dine by themselves in a fancy restaurant, one woman challenged the status quo and ran for the office of the President of the United States. The incredulity of her presidential candidacy is also magnified by the fact that she ran for office 48 years before the Nineteenth Amendment granted women the right to vote.
This book is a lovely introduction to Victoria Woodhull and her presidency campaign. Over time Woodhull has all but disappeared from history. Since then, there have been many other women who ran for the presidency, such as Shirley Chisholm. But as we head into the 2008 presidential election with another female presidential candidate, let’s remember Victoria Woodhull, who led the way.