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If there’s one thing I’m certain of, it’s that we don’t hear nearly enough about politics these days. I mean, can you even think of the last time you’ve heard about something politically significant? It’s something that desperately needs more attention. Luckily, that attention is about to be paid, because we’re getting a biopic about a Presidential candidate. Brie Larson has signed on to play Victoria Woodhull, the first ever female candidate for President of the United States. Movies take a long time to make, so it may have been in the works before this last election cycle, but this film seems especially timely now, for obvious reasons. Right after we’ve had a woman get closer than any female before her to being elected President (And who won the popular vote. Let’s not forget that. I remember it all the time. More people wanted Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States.), we will see the story of the first woman to ever try and do it.
Larson is also going to be a producer of Victoria Woodhull. Getting it done on multiple fronts Brie, you go!
Woodhull ran for President before women could vote in this country, and was the candidate for the Equal Rights Party, a name that some people would scoff at now, let alone in 1872. Who needs that right? Everything is totally equal for everyone all the time, as long as you’re rich and white and a man. Considering some of the political discourse we’ve heard lately I wouldn’t be surprised if we found out that some people have actually traveled here via time machine from 1872.
Another fun fact: Her running mate was Frederick Douglass. Hey, I know that guy! He’s the man who lived hundreds of years ago that our current President thinks is still alive and doing “amazing” stuff. A woman and a black man running for the highest office in the land on a platform of equality for all? That’s a ticket that a large enough to be depressing portion of America wouldn’t vote for even 145 years later, and they were most certainly not popular candidates at the time. Victoria Woodhull did not receive any electoral votes on Election Day, and as we all know the United States is still waiting for its first female President.
Some of Woodhull’s more radical comments were about the concept of what was called “free love,” which sounds very granola, but was actually just advocating for everyone to be able to make their own choices about their personal life. Her comments on the issue seem like common sense now, but that wasn’t the case at the time.
To woman, by nature, belongs the right of sexual determination. When the instinct is aroused in her, then and then only should commerce follow. When woman rises from sexual slavery to sexual freedom, into the ownership and control of her sexual organs, and man is obliged to respect this freedom, then will this instinct become pure and holy; then will woman be raised from the iniquity and morbidness in which she now wallows for existence, and the intensity and glory of her creative functions be increased a hundred-fold . . .
“Yes, I am a Free Lover. I have an inalienable, constitutional and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or as short a period as I can; to change that love every day if I please, and with that right neither you nor any law you can frame have any right to interfere.”
She was also one of the first female stockbrokers, and was the editor of a newspaper that was heavily focused on women’s issues. Sisters doing it for themselves, I love it!
I’m excited about this movie, and it’s definitely one I’ll be following as it gets made. There is no word yet on when Victoria Woodhull will be released.