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Victoria Woodhull
Born Victoria California Claflin
(1838-09-23)September 23, 1838
Homer, Ohio, U.S.
Died June 9, 1927(1927-06-09) (aged 88)[1]
Bredon’s Norton, Worcestershire, England
Resting place Cremated and ashes scattered at sea from Newhaven, Sussex, England[2]
Nationality US citizen, native born
Education no formal education
Occupation suffragist, politician, feminist, writer.
Known for Politics
women’s rights
women’s suffrage
feminism
civil rights
anti-slavery
stockbroker
journalism
free love
Spouse(s) Canning Woodhull (m.1853–?)
Colonel James Blood (m. c. 1865–1876)
John Biddulph Martin (m. 1883–1901)
Children Byron and Zula Maude Woodhull
Parent(s) Reuben Buckman Claflin, Roxanna Hummel Claflin
Relatives Tennessee Claflin, sister
Caleb Smith Woodhull, cousin

To go behind a man's hall-door is mean, cowardly, unfair opposition.
If women would today would rise en masse and demand their emancipation, the men would be compelled to grant it.
Victoria Woodhull
Let women issue a declaration of independence sexually, and absolutely refuse to cohabit with men until they are acknowledged as equals in everything, and the victory would be won in a single week.
Victoria Woodhull
I do not shake hands from a sanitary standpoint.
The women of the country have the power in their own hands, in spite of the law and the government being altogether of the male order.
Victoria Woodhull
Why is a woman to be treated differently? Woman suffrage will succeed, despite this miserable guerilla opposition.
Victoria Woodhull
When I found I had given birth to a human wreckage, to a child that was an imbecile, my heart was broken.
Victoria Woodhull
I ask the rights to pursue happiness by having a voice in that government to which I am accountable.
Victoria Woodhull
My opinions and principles are subjects of just criticism. I put myself before the public voluntarily.
Victoria Woodhull
I am a free lover. I have an inalienable, constitutional and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or short a period as I can; to change that love every day if I please.
Victoria Woodhull
Is it fair to treat a woman worse than a man, and then revile her because she is a woman?
Victoria Woodhull
Woman, no less than man, can qualify herself for the more onerous occupations of life.
Victoria Woodhull
For a woman to consider a financial question was shuddered over as a profanity.
Victoria Woodhull
I would like above any other place to go to Hartford. I want to face the conservatism there centered and compel it into decency.
Victoria Woodhull
Women have no government.
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
My judges preach against free love openly, practice it secretly.
Denounce me for advocating freedom if you can, and I will bear your curse with a better resignation.
Victoria Woodhull
I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled to the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Victoria Woodhull
I shall not change my course because those who assume to be better than I desire it.
Victoria Woodhull
I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question.
Victoria Woodhull
By what right do you refuse to accept the vote of a citizen of the United States?
Victoria Woodhull
Suffrage is a common right of citizenship. Women have the right of suffrage. Logically it cannot be escaped.
Victoria Woodhull
It makes no difference who or what you are, old or young, black or white, pagan, Jew, or Christian, I want to love you all and be loved by you all, and I mean to have your love.
Victoria Woodhull
If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government?
Victoria Woodhull
I endeavor to make the most of everything.
 While others prayed for the good time coming, I worked for it.
I and others of my sex find ourselves controlled by a form of government in the inauguration of which we had no voice.
Victoria Woodhull
While others prayed for the good time coming, I worked for it.