Victoria Woodhull was the first woman nominated to be US President
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.
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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