Madame Presidentess

“A woman made strong by her faith, who finds courage in doing what is right, and who will not rest until injustices are vindicated. Are there any finer qualities we can ask of our presidentess?”

I received this as an advanced reader copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

Author Nicole Evelina brings to life a woman often left out of history lessons, Victoria Woodhull. Victoria was the first woman to run for president in the United States. She fought for women’s equality, labor equality, and the right to Free Love. When asked who made up the women’s suffragist movement, we often call to mind Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, not Victoria. She held lectures all across the nation to support women’s right to vote, and even led women to the ballot box only to be turned away. Victoria was the first woman to establish a brokerage firm on Wall Street, and even had backing from Mr. Vanderbilt to open Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly, a newspaper to get the message out about equality and governmental policy. She was nominated for the presidency by a new national political organization, the Equal Rights Party. Although she did not win the highest seat in government, she did leave a legacy.

I am always interested in an author’s reason for writing, and it is an interesting after thought that the inspiration for this book came from a pin on Pinterest. The book is well researched and full of information that intrigues the reader. I did find the book a bit dragging in the middle, but the ending quickly tied everything together. Overall, the book took me a bit too long to read, but I am glad I finished. This book is mainly nonfiction, but a few elements have been fictionalized which the author notes at the end of the book.

I look forward to new releases by this author, and will be scrolling through her website observing her research for this book.


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