Friday, 2 November 2012

Portrait in Courage: First Woman to Run for President of the US

Can you name the first woman to run for president of the United States? Very few people can, but this nineteenth-century women embodied perseverance shown by the behavior of female courage. By giving themselves permission to be courageous, they journeyed through life as a spiritual seeker, individualist and social activist. Misunderstood, mocked and rejected, Victoria Claflin Woodhull used her talents to "the first woman stockbroker on Wall Street, the first woman to her own newspaper to produce ... a fearless lobbyist, businesswoman, writer and investor for Equal Status of Women advocated in the workplace, political arena, church and family. "Regardless of social criticism, Victoria rejected mediocrity and ignored the limiting prejudices its shortsighted critics informed. She fought for change on virtually every major social, political and economic issue of her time. You can also tap into that same courageous spirit for the perseverance you need any obstacle in the workplace to overcome.

Open to new ideas and concepts, such as contraception and equal rights for women, Victoria "saw no reason why they or other gifted people should be stopped by the society rules and strictures. It is clear that these rules were introduced to a group of people account in a more powerful position than others. She believed in a society based on talent and ability, not gender and class, "writes Jacqueline McLean in Notable Americans. Working with her sister as a spiritualist, "Victoria could earn a living in an area that was one of the few women to have a voice, because the voice was not her own," wrote Mary Gabriel Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull.

Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt recognized the nuns, and was their business mentor in the stock market. In 1870, he helped the two sisters, the first women-owned stock brokerage attention on Wall Street. Challenging Victorian hypocrisy was not an easy task, but Victoria never succumbed to apathy. Aware of the power of the media, she bought a newspaper that her vehicle was exposing hypocrisy, injustice, stock fraud, insurance fraud, women's issues and human rights. For Victoria, hypocrisy ran rampant through society and represented an important managerial issue. They deliver an honest, insightful message for a better life, but a patriarchal society found it too threatening.

During the women's suffrage movement, many movers and shakers sought financial, religious or political reforms. But when Victoria tried to limit the scope of topics such as education for girls in the National Woman Suffrage Association's forum to broaden, she was ostracized by the likes of Susan B. Anthony. In Inhumanity woman to wife Phyllis Chesler writes: "Most women are emotionally needy and emotionally so greedy. Like girls, women are not inclined to stop a group scapegoat or excluding an individual woman, because they are afraid of the group could turn on them next. "scandalous news about Victoria rarely contained more than a hint of truth. Yet, while other women toes toward equal rights, Victoria's courage enabled her to storm the gates of inequality.

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