In the spirit of election day today, we’re voting for Notorious Victoria by Mary Gabriel. This Lucky 7 book details the story of the first woman to run for president, Victoria Woodhull. You can cast your ballot for Victoria for only $1.99 through November 30.
She may been unsuccessful in 1872, but she hasn’t given up yet. We’re still campaigning for her as well, passing out wagon bumper stickers and “Victorious Victoria” bonnets. Even before Hillary, there were “Texts from Victoria.” Cell phones in 1872? What can we say, she was a woman clearly ahead of her time.
She was the first woman to address the U.S. Congress, the first to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street, and the first to run for president. She’s the woman Gloria Steinem called “the most controversial suffragist of them all.” In this extensively researched biography, journalist Mary Gabriel has written a comprehensive account of one of American history’s most unusual and fascinating women, who, in an era of Victorian morality, was the loudest and most radical voice for women’s equality.
“They tried to write her out of feminist history, censoring so many of her reform actions that Gabriel, a Reuters journalist, had to play Sherlock Holmes to piece Woodhull’s life together. Well written and researched, this book warrants a spot on every serious American history student’s bookshelf.” – Kirkus Reviews