Every Presidents’ Day for the last 5 years, we have told the fascinating story of a woman you should know who was way ahead of her time; a rebel, a trailblazer for generations to come, the first woman to run for President of the United States… Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838-1927). And year after year, we get comment after comment that is some variation of “why have I never heard of her?” Well, that’s because history and the telling of it continues to fail and/or erase the women who contributed to it in both big and small ways. So when we heard that Hollywood was going to make a movie about Victoria’s extraordinary life, starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson, we rejoiced at the better late than never news.
As exclusively reported by Deadline yesterday, “Amazon Studios has acquired Victoria Woodhull, with Oscar-winning Room star Brie Larson poised to produce, and play the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States.”
Since it will likely be a fair amount of time before the film actually makes it to the big screen, you can learn all about Victoria Claflin Woodhull here. If you don’t know her, you should.
Photo of Brie Larson, via her personal Twitter.