Susan B. Anthony or Victoria C. Woodhull?
(MediaQuire) Today I learned that there is a movement to gain 100,000 signatures to send to the White House to start a discussion on replacing Andrew Jackson with woman. The usual list of women were named, among them Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sangar, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt. But nowhere in the short was a prominent yet often over looked woman. She was the first woman to run for US President in 1872; Victoria C. Woodhull.
Since suffragist Susan B. Anthony had a turn, she was featured on the dollar coin. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans dislike dollar coins.
It’s an obvious choice for me, as some of you may know, I produced the PBS featured documentary on Victoria C. Woodhull; America’s Victoria, Remembering Victoria Woodhull. Interviews include feminist icon Gloria Steinem and actress Kate Capshaw (Steven Spielberg’s wife) performed the voice over of Woodhull’s own words.
“If you spliced the genes of Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Heidi Fleiss and Margaret Thatcher, you might have someone like Victoria Woodhull.” – Atlanta Journal & Constitution
Victoria Woodhull burst onto the stage with America s most radical reformers, she was the first woman to address the House Judiciary Committee. People listened to her. A congressional committee reported on her interpretation of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments. She was the first woman to run for president of the United States and the first presidential candidate to spend election day in jail. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Catherine Beecher used their cultural leverage to label her a tramp. Anthony Comstock declared war on her for distributing obscene materials. She almost brought an end to Henry Ward Beecher s career. America’s Victoria is a biography of this enigmatic figure in American history, the daughter of a swindling father and a spiritualist mother, who remade herself several times to become a Wall Street broker, a radical reformer, and, with her third husband, a British lady of the manor. The story is told by a narrator, several commentators, and readings from Woodhull s speeches and contemporary documents.
America’s Victoria, Remembering Victoria Woodhull was featured at the annual Montreal/Quebec International Film Festival 2010 – honoring 90th year women got the vote!
You can expect to see much ado about this $20 movement. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. Who would you like to see on the $20 dollar bill?
“Knowing about Victoria Woodhull inspires women to be daring, outrageous and creative.” Gloria Steinem