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International Women's Day at the Brooklyn Museum


Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin drive the bulls and bears on Wall Street, Evening Telegram, February 18, 1870.

Today marks International Women's Day; in 1908 more than 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights (IWD didn't officially begin until 1911). 100 years after the march, women are not only voting, but they're running for president.

Hillary Clinton isn't the first woman to run, Victoria Woodhull (also the first female Wall Street broker) ran for the position in 1872. The Brooklyn Museum has now put the spotlight on her, and all women, with their Votes for Women exhibit (running through November).

The exhibit is housed in their fairly new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and "examines the methods and tactics used throughout the generations of the suffrage movement with more than sixty objects and images from the days of Susan B. Anthony’s leadership of the movement, to the increased activism after her death in 1906, to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920." Suffragette newsletters, a copy of The Women's Bible, recorded excerpts from speeches delivered during the suffrage movement, engravings, photographs, campaign buttons and more will all be on display.

As for Woodhull, Time Out NY talked to the exhibit's curator, who said, “Despite being such an important figure, Woodhull was pretty much written out of history, even from within the movement. Her presentation was seen as just too radical.”

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