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Victoria Claflin Woodhull

  • ... there are scores of thousands of women who are denominated prostitutes, and who are supported by hundreds of thousands of men who should, for like reasons, also be denominated prostitutes, since what will change a woman into a prostitute must also necessarily change a man into the same.

    • Victoria Claflin Woodhull,
    • 1871, in Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly ()
  • ... all which is good and commendable, now existing, would continue to exist if all marriage laws were repealed to-morrow ... I have an inalienable, constitutional, and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or as short a period as I can; to change that love every day if I please ...

    • Victoria Claflin Woodhull,
    • 1871, in Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly ()
  • There are none so ignorant but they may be taught. So, too, are there none so unfortunate in their understanding of the true and high relation of the sexes as not to be amenable to the right kind of instruction.

    • Victoria Claflin Woodhull,
    • 1871, in Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly ()
  • The sin of all time has been the exercise of assumed powers. This is the essence of tyranny.

    • Victoria Claflin Woodhull,
    • 1871, in Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly ()
  • Love is that which exists to do good, not merely to get good ...

    • Victoria Claflin Woodhull,
    • 1871, in Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly ()
  • The wife who submits to sexual intercourse against her wishes or desires, virtually commits suicide; while the husband who compels it, commits murder.

    • Victoria Claflin Woodhull,
    • speech ()
  • All the talk about women's rights is moonshine. Women have every right. They have only to exercise them.

    • Victoria Claflin Woodhull,
    • in Victoria Claflin Woodhull and Tennessee C. Claflin, The Human Body, the Temple of God: And Other Essays, Or: The Philosophy of Sociology ()
  • Woman's ability to earn money is a better protection against the tyranny and brutality of man than her ability to vote.

    • Victoria Claflin Woodhull
  • The spirits are coming back to tear your damned system of sexual slavery into tatters and consign its blackened remnants to the depth of everlasting hell.

    • Victoria Claflin Woodhull,
    • "The Elixir of Life, or Why Do We Die?" (1873), in Carroll Smith Rosenberg, Disorderly Conduct: Visions of Gender in Victorian America ()

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, U.S. writer, editor, reformer, first U.S. woman presidential candidate

(1838 - 1927)