“Real” first woman presidential candidate lived 150 years ago

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president last night, and while she is the first woman nominated by a major political party, she technically isn’t the first. We’re talking about Victoria Claflin-Woodhull, a woman from Licking County. She lived more than 150 years ago and ran for president of the US under the “Equal Rights” party, before women even had the right to vote. Victoria was no stranger to firsts, she also become one of the country’s first female stockbrokers as well as the first woman to testify before congress. She lost to Ulysses S. Grant. It seems fitting that the first real woman candidate was from Ohio, a key swing state that is crucial for a win for the presidency. Woodhull eventually moved to England where she lived out her years.

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