Posted by Mary Shearer on May 22, 2002 at 17:44:49:
In Reply to: One small Question... posted by Kacy Belle on April 04, 2002 at 20:19:26:
There are two main reasons why Victoria Woodhull isn't mentioned in the history books. One is that she exposed the "Beecher-Tilton scandal." She accused Rev. Henry Ward Beecher of having an affair with a married parishioner, Elizabeth Tilton. That's a difficult topic for grade school teachers to discuss, so most people don't learn about her until they're in high school or college, if that.
Victoria also was under the constitutionally mandated age of 35 when she ran the first time. However, she did run again when she was older than 35.
Some people contend that Belva Lockwood was the first woman to run for President, but you probably haven't seen her in your history books either. Mrs. Lockwood was present when Victoria was nominated by the Equal Rights Party in 1872.
In response to:
: Hey, I was wondering... was Victoria Woodhull the FIRST woman to run for president of the US? Or was she the second?
: If she's the first... how come my history book doesn't mention her for that?
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