Victoria Woodhull (1838–1927)

The Humanitarian was a radical journal published in New York and dedicated to ‘subjects appertaining to the well-being of humanity’. Its editor, Victoria Woodhull, was well known as an advocate of free love, sex education and women’s suffrage. In 1872 she became the first woman to announce her candidacy for the presidency of the United States. Her popular appeal was minimal, but she nonetheless played a key role in a seminal period of American progressive politics, often in the face of open hostility.