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The Woman Who Ran for President: The Many Lives of Victoria Woodhull

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  16 reviews
This biography of Victoria Woodhull is the story of how a major feminist pioneer, scarcely known today, moved from poverty and spiritualism to become the first woman Wall Street broker, the first woman to testify before Congress on suffrage and, in 1872, the first woman to run for president. Author Lois Underhill tells how Woodhull challenged the manly status quo not only ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Penguin Books (first published June 1st 1995)
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Erik Graff
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria Woodhull was nominated at two conventions, one of suffragists, another of the Equal Rights Party, as a candidate for the presidency, with Frederick Douglass as her running mate, in 1872, decades before woman obtained the right to vote. Prior to that she had been a spiritualist, prominent feminist, public speaker, author, newspaper publisher and the first woman to run a brokerage house on Wall Street. Prior to that and to her efforts, partly successful, to obtain the support of Internati ...more
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Not awesome writing, but there aren't many bios out there about this lady. Hard to believe there isn't more writing about this woman: the first female candidate for President, one of the first female stock brokers on Wall Street, and a proponent of "free love" and polyamory, all this during late 19th Century. ...more
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Sara G
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a solid biography of one of the most interesting women I've ever heard of. Victoria Woodhull was a suffragette, Wall Street broker, free love advocate, and addressed Congress directly, all 50 years before American women got the vote. I didn't love the author's dry writing style, but I learned a lot about this enigmatic lady. It seems like she was left out of a lot of American suffrage history, even though she was important, due to her "scandalous" behavior of advocating free love/polyamo ...more
Suzie Klein
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and informative but lacking in heart

This book seems to have been very well researched and contains some interesting and little known historical facts. Sometimes it felt like the author was flooding us with so much information that I had to put the book down for a while. I wish there had been more information on Victoria's early life which might have given insight into her strong personality and independent beliefs and actions. Since the book promised to reveal "The Many Lives of Vict
Amy Lou
A very colorful woman who ran for president before women could vote. She was so scandalous, that she was shunned by the other suffragettes and not given her due in the history books. Full of fascinating information, this read would be good for history buffs who don't mind unconventional people. Might be a little to detailed for the typical reader. ...more
Christopher Borum
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written and engaging biography of someone I knew nothing about. Victoria Woodhull led the kind of life you wouldn't believe if it was a movie script. She was decades ahead of her time in many ways, and endured incredible challenges and unwarranted opprobrium as a result of her views. More Americans should know who she was and what she accomplished. ...more
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This remarkable woman was ahead of her times in so many ways. In addition to running for president she published a newspaper, spoke about free love, started her own political party, and was a Wall
Street broker. She was very controversial for her times. The book details her life from obscurity in Ohio to fame and infamy.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very informative and interesting book about a woman who was 150 years ahead of her time. Not to be missed if one is interested in politics, finance, spiritualism, and the moral ethics of the time. In reality a lot has NOT changed in 150 years because we still do not consider women to be the equal of men in most areas of life.
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in politics, American history, or women's issues - any of the above! - then you NEED to read this book. I read it at least 10 years ago, and still think about it. Very interesting snippet of history that, alas, is forgotten by most. ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Woodhull was a self-made woman of 1870s New York who was excluded from suffragette history by her contemporaries Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, overlooking her important contributions to women’s rights and other social causes, based, instead, on the controversy surrounding her. This book takes reader back into a piece of history that isn’t heard about much and reading it felt like being transported by a time machine into an unfamiliar and exciting world, a time and place th ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
My daughter got this book for a school paper, and after I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Victoria Woodhull was an interesting, independent woman who learned from a young age that she had to take care of herself. The book is well-researched and the subject is interesting.
Donald Powell
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
An excellent book. Ms. Underhill's style is engaging, balanced and insightful. I could not put the book down. Victoria Woodhull was an important part of US history. This book was a masterly biography. ...more
Joan Schramm
Well written true story of a woman way before her time.
Carolyn Nelson
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about the obscure life of a woman whom everyone should know.
Teri L.
Really interesting biography of a woman written out of most history books.
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