Join historian Cathy Polovina as she follows her curiosity and explores "Old Weird America," to look a bit closer at a variety of adventurous, innovative, and unusual characters throughout American history.
Victoria Woodhull, the Savvy Suffragist
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.