Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hillary and Obama. A First?


Consider this... we have had 43 Presidents in the relatively brief history of the United States... and all have been white males. And now, there is a chance of having a woman and an African American man on the same ticket.

This is historic. It is a first Isn’t it?

I thought so, until (thanks to Robert Wuhl), I discovered that before Hillary Clinton, there was Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States.

In 1872, the Equal Rights Party ticket featured Victoria Woodhull (50 years before women were given the right to vote) and Frederick Douglass.



Needless to say, the Equal Rights Party no longer exists. However, Hillary and Obama are running under the mainstream Democratic party. And whether or not they would actually consider running together on the same ticket... the reality is that these two are the front-runners in their party.

The big question... is America ready?

2 comments:

Victoria lynn Weston said...

CHECK OUT THE DOCUMENTARY ON VICTORIA WOODHULL... "If you spliced the genes of Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Heidi Fleiss and Margaret Thatcher, you might have someone like Victoria Woodhull." - --Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal & Constitution

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Previously featured on PBS Television and Canadian Broadcasts. VICTORIA WOODHULL became the first woman to campaign for US President in 1872. AMERICA'S VICTORIA is a wonderful chronicle of the life of one of the most important and unrecognized women in US history. Although she was a radical suffragist, she refused to restrict her Presidential campaign to the issue of women's suffrage. Instead, she advocated a single sexual standard for men and women, legalization of prostitution and reform of marriage. AMERICA'S VICTORIA combines rare archival images, Woodhull's own words (ready by KATE CAPSHAW), and illuminating interviews with contemporary feminist, GLORIA STEINEM to present a fascinating portrait of this remarkably brave woman.

Dwacon said...

small world!

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