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Description: This is a speech delivered by Victoria C. Woodhull at the Tenth Annual Convention of the American Association of Spiritualists at Grow's Opera House in Chicago, Illinois, on September 16, 1873, here published in the People's Popular Liberty Library no. 16. In her oration, Woodhull presents her views on women's sexual rights, sexual freedom, and free love. She urges society's view on marriage to change so that women might be independent from the financial support of men. Additionally, she emphasizes the importance of sexual health to women's overall health. Woodhull was born in Homer, Ohio, in Licking County, and began her career as a healer selling homemade medicines and telling fortunes. After she and her sister Tennessee Claflin moved to New York City, they started Woodull, Claflin, & Company, financed by Cornelius Vanderbilt. Woodhull became the first woman to run a stock brokerage firm on Wall Street. Woodhull and Claflin also began their own magazine-- "Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly"--which championed women's rights and free love. However, Woodhull is most famously remembered as the first woman to run for President of the United States. With Frederick Douglass as her running partner for the Equal Rights Party, Woodhull lost the 1872 election to Ulysses S. Grant. View on Ohio Memory.
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Subjects: Woodhull, Victoria C. (1838-1927); Marriage; Sexual ethics; Free love; Women's rights; Women--Suffrage; Activists;
Places: Chicago (Illinois)