America’s Victoria, Remembering Victoria Woodhull

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.

AMERICA’S VICTORIA, REMEMBERING VICTORIA WOODHULL was featured at the annual Montreal/Quebec International Film Festival 2010 – honoring 90th year women got the vote!

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About the Director, Victoria lynn Weston

Victoria lynn Weston has produced a series of film/video documentaries whose works include; America’s Victoria, Remembering Victoria Woodhull; featuring Gloria Steinem and Kate Capshaw. And,”The Intuitive Factor; Genius or Chance; featuring Gary Zukav and parapsychologist Jeffrey Mishlove. These programs were featured on PBS Television, The Wisdom Channel and Canadian Broadcasts. As a producer, she launched the first online film festival showcasing award winning independent films, documentaries, animations from around the world in an annual Zoie Films Festival [ZoieFilms.com]. In addition to utilizing the world-wide internet for Zoie Films Festival, she launched Zoie Cellular Cinema Festival where telco subscribers including Sprint could download film shorts for the cell screen; in the US and Pacific Rim area. Victoria has been a radio host of Power Predictions; in Atlanta, Georgia and a featured guest on dozens of radio, television shows and print media including; the Atlanta PARADE magazine, The Atlanta Business Journal, ABC Talk Radio; CNBC; BUSINESS WEEK Online; INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, WIRED NEWS and THE NEW YORK TIMES.

Reviews

Victoria Woodhull burst onto the stage with America’s most radical reformers, reoriented their movements, and was gone. People listened to her. A congressional committee reported on her interpretation of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments. She was the first woman to run for president of the United States and the first presidential candidate to spend election day in jail. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Catharine Beecher used their cultural leverage to label her a tramp. Anthony Comstock declared war on her for distributing obscene materials. She almost brought an end to Henry Ward Beecher’s career. America’s Victoria is a biography of this enigmatic figure in American history, the daughter of a swindling father and a spiritualist mother, who remade herself several times to become a Wall Street broker, a radical reformer, and, with her third husband, a British lady of the manor. The story is told by a narrator, several commentators, and readings from Woodhull’s speeches and contemporary documents.

  • “Knowing about Victoria Woodhull inspires women to be daring, outrageous and creative.” – Gloria Steinem
  • “I am a prophetess, I am an evangel, I am a Savior, if you could but see it; but I, too, come not to bring peace but a sword.” – Victoria Woodhull
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Victoria Woodhull was a fascinating woman, way ahead of her time, an advocate not only of women’s suffrage but of legalized prostitution, equality in marriage, and free love, by which she meant a commitment untrammeled by governmental regulations. She ran for president four times and generally lived a life unimagined by most women (and men) of her day. She is described as electrifying, larger than life, and flamboyant. Interviews with Gloria Steinem, Ellen Dubois (a UCLA historian), and others are filled with enthusiasm and admiration”. Recommended for Women’s Studies collections. – –Library Journal 

If you spliced the genes of Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Heidi Fleiss and Margaret Thatcher, you might have someone like Victoria Woodhull. – Steve Murray, Journalist

Victoria Woodhull Notables

  • Victoria Woodhull and her sister Tennessee became the first women – “the Bewitching Brokers” of Wall Street.
  • Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to address the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Victoria Woodhull was the first to publish “the Communist Manifesto,” by Karl Marx.
  • In May 1872 Victoria Woodhull was nominated as the presidential candidate of the Equal Rights Party.
  • Victoria Woodhull invited Frederick Douglass to be her running mate.
  • On election day, Woodhull was arrested and charged under the Comstock Act for sending obscene literature through the mail.
  • Born in September 1838, Victoria died in 1927.

What People Say

This is a fine documentary about a fascinating and little-known American, the first woman to run for President. 
Susan
Every school and college library should have this excellent DVD.
Mary Miller, Librarian
 
This film/video presents it all wonderfully. 
Jackie
 This is a long overdue documentary about Victoria Woodhull. The interviews are engaging, serious and captivating
Shelley Wyman