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Woodhull, Victoria C. ((Victoria Claflin)), 1838-1927


Victoria Woodhull Martin, first woman to run for President. She and her sister, Tennessee Claflin, campaigned for Women's Rights in an era when women were not allowed to be doctors, lawyers, hold public office, or vote. In 1870, they founded a weekly in New York City, attacking abuse in all walks of life. Newspapers joined in a chorus of abuse, and sometimes hotels refused to admit them. They were often insulted in the streets. Victoria Woodhull and her sister founded a brokerage office in New York. They campaigned against venereal disease and for birth control.

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