The one-woman revolution

As Hillary Clinton seeks to become the next occupant of the Oval Office, Jad Adams tells the story of the free-love activist Victoria Woodhull, who in 1872 launched an audacious bid to become America's first female president

An illustration of Victoria Woodhull addressing a congressional committee on the benefits of women's suffrage, 1871. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the February 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

On the evening of Tuesday 5 November 1872, the first female candidate for president of the United States was not waiting at party headquarters for the election results, she was in prison in New York City on obscenity charges.

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