Victoria Woodhull – first woman to run for President

Victoria Woodhull

It was 1872 when Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to run for President in the U.S. She didn’t win, but her running was a step in the right direction for gender equality.

But for Victoria, her run for President was on the heels of a number of other important milestones. In 1870, she and her sister became the first female stockbrokers in the U.S. and soon after, opened a brokerage firm on Wall Street. After her success on Wall Street, Victoria became a newspaper editor. A role in which she challenged many conventional norms of the day.

“Victoria Woodhull – first woman to run for President” sources: Photograph taken by Mathew Benjamin Brady, circa 1870 / Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, Historical Photographs and Special Visual Collections Department, Fine Arts Library / Wikimedia Commons