Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored by Mary Gabriel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This story follows the life of Victoria Woodhull, a pioneer in women's rights, the first woman to run for President, the first woman stockbroker (along with her sister Tennie), and a proposed spiritualist. Victoria lived during the gilded age in New York and was aquainted with the likes of Cornelius Vanderbilt, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Victoria's life was a rags to riches story. Scandal often followed her and her family and were often fighting legal battles due to the scandalous stories they printed in their own weekly newspaper, leading to her moniker Notorious Victoria.
This is a well researched and written account of Woodhull's life. The incidents she often found herself in were often unbelievable, but Mary Gabriel does a fine job of bringing the reader into the mindset of the day to understand how Victoria and her sister Tennie found them in such precarious predicaments. It's a great book to read, to understand how far women have come and appreciate those who stood up for women's rights.
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