ICYMI, from WNYC: “Before Hillary Clinton was ‘The Devil,’ Victoria Woodhull was ‘Mrs. Satan'”

History was made with Hillary Clinton officially declared the Democratic presidential candidate for 2016. This historical moment is being put into context by numerous historians, newspapers and writers through discussions of previous female presidential nominees in the U.S.

Recognizing the women of the past who ‘opened the way’ (see what I did there?), means a shout out to our own radical feminist Victoria Claflin Woodhull.

Recently, WNYC broadcast a short clip titled: “Before Hillary Clinton was ‘The Devil,’ Victoria Woodhull was ‘Mrs. Satan’” — in reference to the political cartoon from the height of Victoria’s unpopularity.


“Get thee behind me, (Mrs.) Satan!” Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.

If you have 6 minutes, I highly recommend this short program sharing some historical details about Victoria’s 1872 nomination for president under the Equal Rights Party platform. Ultimately, it didn’t go far — let’s [with bias] blame that on her rivals Henry Ward Beecher and his supporters — but she was the first woman to be nominated.

I would also, however, suggest reading further into Victoria’s life, particularly the importance of her sister, Tennessee Celeste Claflin, whose constant support of Victoria is overlooked within this brief history.

And then follow that reading up with some information on Belva Lockwood, the first woman to run and campaign for president in 1884 and 1888.

By the way, Victoria and Belva ran for president over 30 years before women were given the right to vote.


Leadership By Example: Women’s Equality Day History Tour

On Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, join Take The Lead and Women’s eNews for an evening of leadership focused empowerment!


6:00 pm: Doors open for a wine & treats reception at Women’s eNews HQ

6:30 pm: Welcome & discussion about women and leadership from Gloria Feldt (Take The Lead) and Rita Henley Jensen (Women’s eNews)

7:00 pm: Women’s history walking tour celebrating pioneering women who exemplify the effort to create gender equality using agency, power and leadership.

The walking tour stays within the local area of Downtown Manhattan, leaving from Women’s eNews HQ and ending at St. Paul’s Chapel (Fulton Street and Broadway).

Date: Wednesday, August 26th
Time: 6.00 pm8:00 pm
Location: Start at Women’s eNews HQ
Tickets: $20
Spaces limited. Registration ends Tuesday, August 25th, 5pm 
6. Ernestine Rose

Ernestine Rose

Learn about Ernestine Rosea leading Jewish feminist of the first wave movement who campaigned for married women’s property rights!
Hear the story of Elizabeth Jennings, the first African American to bring a successful lawsuit against race discrimination on public transit in New York City.
Hear the inspiring words that led to the foundation of the suffragist newspaper, The Revolutionat “Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Corner.”
Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

Visit the street where Ida B. Wells’ refused to be intimidated, and had her controversial article published despite mobs burning down her newspaper in Memphis, TN.

For more information and to Book your tickets today

Meagan at meagan@womensenews.org or call at 212-244-1720