A Woman Presidential Candidate – in 1872 and 1884
Continuing Chellis House’s exploration of the suffrage centennial, Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner will talk about two 19th century activists who ran for president even though women had not achieved the right to vote: Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to set up a brokerage firm, declared her candidacy for President of the United States in 1872 and chose Frederick Douglass as her running mate. While Woodhull never carried out a presidential campaign, Belva Lockwood did in 1884. One of the first female lawyers in the U.S., Lockwood was nominated by the Equal Rights Party. Belva Lockwood declared that she intended to “get up a grand agitation on the woman question,” thus advancing the cause for women’s suffrage.
Sponsored by the Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House, Middlebury College
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