Victoria Woodhull

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A Woman of many firsts

Victoria Woodhull is best known for being the first woman to run for president, but not only was she successful in politics she was also successful in finance. While in New York City, Woodhull even gave Cornelius Vanderbilt financial advice while working as a clairvoyant. She gave Vanderbilt stock market predictions, and Vanderbilt would often give her a tip if her predictions were correct. This experience fueled Woodhull's financial success during the stock market crash of 1869 where she made stock market calls to male stock brokers from outside, as women weren't allowed on the trading floor.

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Portrait of Victoria Woodhull, "Victoria Woodhull" by plumsaplomb

“Rude contact with facts chased my visions and dreams quickly away, and in their stead I beheld the horrors, the corruption, the evils and hypocrisy of society, and as I stood among them, a young wife, a great wail of agony went out from my soul.” - Victoria Woodhull