Victoria Woodhull was the first woman nominated to be US President

Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull

This very day, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman nominated to be US President (by a major party). So this is a very appropriate time to remind everyone of her predecessor, Victoria Woodhull.

Woodhull’s storied career, public service, and style of activism have always been near and dear to VenusPlusX especially because she was a sex futurist of unparalleled accomplishment.

Unconventional even among the suffragettes she led, Woodhull was nominated by the Equal Rights Party in 1872. As soon as that happened she was excoriated in the press for colorful past and her belief in free love. Two hundred years ago (and 50 years before women were given the right to vote), free love or sexual freedom, didn’t mean what they do now. The call for free love by Woodhull simply sought to allow women to be able to choose their husbands and to divorce their husbands. How tame.

Here are some good places to learn more about this sexual freedom hero.

Victoria Woodhull Ran for President Before Women Had a Right to Vote

The Strange Tale of the First Woman to Run for President: Before Hillary Clinton There Was Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull was a spiritualist, activist, politician and author who was the first woman to run for the presidency of the United States.

We need more visionaries like Woodhull, and a modern Equal Rights Party would be a refreshing alternative to the elephant and donkey of modern politics.

 

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Alison Gardner

Alison Gardner

Alison Gardner is co-founder of VenusPlusX, and writes frequently on global sexual freedom, American fundamentalists exporting hate and homophobia, and grassroots activism.
Alison Gardner