Synopses & Reviews
In 1872, American women couldnt vote, but they could run for president.
Can you name the first woman to run for president, or the first woman
to have a seat on the stock exchange? Do you know the first woman
to own a newspaper or to speak before Congress?
Amazingly, one woman achieved each of these feats, and her name has been all but erased from history. Born in complete poverty, the seventh
of ten children, Victoria Woodhull was supporting her family by the
age of eight as a child preacher. Seeking a better life, she married, divorced, moved to New York City, and became a millionaire by offering Cornelius Vanderbilt financial advice from the spirit world.
Victoria did not stop there. Now that she had money and power, she was ready to challenge societys harsh limitations on women. Her boldest act was announcing herself as the first female candidate for the presidency
of the United States. She founded her own newspaper to publicize this groundbreaking campaign, which took her from the chambers of Congress to the glorious moment when she was nominated by the Equal Rights Party at a convention that she, a woman, had organized and funded.
In the first book about Victoria Woodhull for young readers, Kathleen Krull and Jane Dyer team up to bring one of the most fascinating personalities in U.S. history to life.
- The perfect book to explore the electoral process during the upcoming presidential election.
- One of the most revolutionary American women has been
forgotten by history—until now.
- Walker & Company is proud to welcome acclaimed biographer Kathleen Krull and talented illustrator Jane Dyer to our list.
"Krull (Lives of the Presidents) presents a passionate biography of an oft-overlooked figure in the history of women's rights and presidential politics ('It is time when the odds against a woman for president are still so high that few have tried to bring her story to young readers,' says the author's note). The introduction paints a bleak portrait of women's status in mid-19th century America. The author then chronicles the major events in the life of Victoria Woodhull (1838 1927), born into a poor Ohio family with an abusive father. Woodhull raised money as a child preacher and conductor of sances, and later became wealthy as a spiritual and financial adviser to Cornelius Vanderbilt in New York City which gave her the means to pursue her dream of aiding women. With her sister, she founded the first female-owned American company to buy and sell stocks. In 1870, when women could not legally vote, Woodhull announced her candidacy for president (' the wildest, most outrageous act she could dream up to prove women's equality'). Realizing her campaign's success rested on the ability of women to vote, she became the first woman ever to address Congress, quoting statements in the Constitution that 'she argued already gave women the right to vote.' Engaging anecdotes and quotes keep this intriguing life story moving at a sprightly pace. Featuring golden tones, Dyer's (Time for Bed) softly focused watercolors ably capture period particulars as well as Woodhull's determination and grace. Ages 7-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"It's about time that this remarkable woman's life is made available to young readers."--Cokie Roberts, The New York Times Book Review
"Lively and astute writing does [Woodhull] justice." --Booklist (starred review)
"Dyer's stunning watercolor illustrations vividly portray the life of this unusual woman." --School Library Journal
"This is a gorgeous volume . . . capturing the essentials of the time and place with fine color and detail. Krull, as always, gets it all and makes us want to know more." --Kirkus Reviews
"A passionate biography of an oft-overlooked figure in the history of women's rights and presidential politics."--Publishers Weekly
Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to do many things: the first woman to own a newspaper, to speak before Congress, and to have a seat on the stock exchange. But her boldest act was announcing herself as the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States in 1872--before women even had the right to vote.
Arguably one of the most revolutionary women in American history, she was many years ahead of her time, braking boundaries. But her presidential campaign, and the backlash it sparked, left her in political ruin and bankruptcy. Amazingly, her name has been practically erased from history.
Acclaimed biographer Kathleen Krull and beloved illustrator Jane Dyer combine their talents to bring one of the most fascinating personalities in U.S. history back to life for young readers.
About the Author
When Kathleen Krull
was fifteen, she was fired from her part-time job at the public library for reading too much. She took that passion to her career in childrens books and has become a noted biographer for children. Her Wilma Unlimited was named an ALA Notable; her Lives of the Presidents
was a School Library Journal
Best Book of the Year and a Boston Globe
/Horn Book honor book; and her nonfiction has won innumerable other awards.
A Woman for President is Kathleens first book with Walker & Company.
She lives with her husband, illustrator Paul Brewer, in San Diego, California. Jane Dyer is the beloved illustrator of many bestselling picture-books, including Time for Bed by Mem Fox, Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman, and I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was a New York Times bestseller. She brings her talented hand to picture-book biography for the first time in A Woman for President. Jane lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.