Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927), the “magnetic healer” was a stockbroker, publisher and a freethinking free-love advocate who was the first women to run for President in 1872. Oddly enough, it’s not known how many votes she actually received.

She was able to finance her run for President of the United States because of her great success on Wall Street.  Victoria Woodhull and her sister, Miss Tennie C. Claflin were the first female stockbrokers.

February 5, 1870 a large, boisterous crowd gathered outside 44 Broad Street to witness a first in New York’s history: two women opening their very own stock brokerage firm, with the silent backing of Vanderbilt’s fortunes. Woodhull, Claflin & Co. opened at 10 A.M.precisely.
Newspapers were filled with eyewitness accounts of the first day of business.  But for the most part, the papers championed the “Bewitching Brokers” and “The Lady Bankers,” while calling attention to the regal beauty of Victoria and the feisty nature of Tennie.
The sisters were treated as novelties by the press but however novel they were, they were also a success – they supposedly made $700,000 the first six weeks they were in business (a hefty $13 million in today’s dollars).  This amazing success would later fuel her bid to become the President of the United States in 1872.

We went unto Wall Street, not particularly because I wanted to be a broker …

BUT BECAUSE I WANTED TO PLANT THE FLAG OF WOMEN’S REBELLION IN THE CENTER OF THE CONTINENT.”

-Victoria Woodhull, First Female Stockbroker And First Woman To Run For President

Watch the short video below about Victoria and how her and her sister Tennie changed the shape of Wall St. over night in 1870.

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