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Virtual Old Weird America: Victoria Woodhull / Thursday, August 13 6:00 PM

August 6, 2020 at 9:26 AM by Cathy Polovina


In honor of the centenary of votes for women, we celebrate the life of the weirdest suffrage pioneer of them all. This lively daughter in a family of con artists, Victoria Claflin Woodhull used her considerable allure and skills as a tabloid journalist, spiritualist healer, and gold digger to acquire prominence in finance, politics, and ultimately, the British aristocracy. Her audacity won the respect of suffragist leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, and she became a power player in the movement as the first woman to run for president in 1872. Her subsequent fall from grace and retirement as a fine lady in England round out the story of this colorful cultural influencer.

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