Macro Hack: Our First Feminist

I found this image on during a search for a history hack idea. The picture I chose looks like a scan of an original image, that has been converted into a jpg file and the size is unknown. The article of the image does not say where it was taken or who actually took the photo. While you can easily tell that the picture is old and possible restored to some extent the clarity is astonishing. The way this image is taken makes it seem as if its intended use was for an article or just a self portrait. The original pictures date was not placed on the website of which I obtained it. However, due to her presidency being in the year of 1872, it is safe to assume that it was a little after that. During this time people did not differentiate between personal poses and professional poses like we see more of today. The photo presents what power is in its most simple form, just one individual. The photographer angled the shot in such a way that she looks at peace, yet she is looking toward something. The photo makes you hone in on her eyes, and with them looking away at a distance it makes her seem like she see no only the present but is able to look out into the future. Maybe that is what the photographer was hoping this point would be easy to recognize. The exact time of when the photo was circulated was not present on the website.Today, society has formed this idea that women gained their rights in the 1920’s when the 19th amendment gave women the power to humans. However, hacking history shows us that Hilary Clinton is not the first woman to make noise within an all male candidacy, Victoria Woodhull from Ohio was. Woodhull would run against President Ulysses in 1872. During her campaign she was part of the Equal Rights Party, does that not sound familiar to what we are learning now? A woman 50 years ago was leading the movement for equality. She was a voice of strength to plead the case that women had to demand equal rights and had to demand that they receive the same rights the American government gave to men. In fact prior to her running for presidency she challenged many aspect to the injustices that the laws were upholding. She made the argument that women were citizens too, and that if you paid taxes you should get a say in how they were used. Which is a great point to make. By her being a voice of logic it aided in her future for a leadership position. This image is awesome because this is someone I have never heard of. And honestly, I am shocked that i have not come across her soon. She is an original wolf (or wolfette) of Wall Street, and despite what modern history claims she was the first woman to run for presidency. What is even more exciting is that she was an O.G. hippie! Woodhull made the argument that people should have a the only say and a free say in what or who they do. She was known for being okay with sexual acts which at that point in time would make her vile. Her courageous mind and ideas is why I was drawn to her for this hack idea. She was married three times and was a very wealthy woman. Her story is amazing. History has so many amazing women, yet, we get to learn about the submissive housewives of the 50’s and 60’s instead of these chicks that made it okay to be a powerful woman. She made the argument that many others who have experienced oppression have made, and that is the fact that the oppressed have no government. The government is a rich white man’s sport that many are not invited to be a part of. Just to give you a more indepth look at Woodhull I have attached a youtube viedo that puts her life goals/missions in a short and concise way. Enjoy!


-Charrah Hardamon

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