Sunday, April 17, 2011

Victoria Hoodhull: Powerful Woman, Maverick, Bundle of Contradictions

Victoria Hoodhull was a woman far ahead of her time. Born in 1838 in Ohio, she went on to open the first female-owned stock brokerage in 1870. She ran for President of the United States in 1872. Her peculiarities and eccentricities led to public slander and personal attacks which eventually landed her in jail on more than a few occasions. Hers is a rags-to-riches story punctuated at the end by the loss of everything that she had worked so hard to build.

As fascinating as it is complex, the life of Victoria Hoodhull can be explored in a more intimate fashion by walking the streets of New York's Financial District, where Hoodhull built her fortune.

A perfect gift for your mother on Mother's Day, the schedule of Wall Street Walks "Women of Wall Street" guided walking tours can be found here. Victoria Hoodhull, Hetty Green and Muriel Siebert are just a few of the many powerful women that are covered in depth on this walking tour.

There are tours starting at 1pm on both May 7th and 8th. Tickets can be purchased here.