Too Scandalous For The Scandals By Victoria Woodhull

1897 Words8 Pages

Too Scandalous for the Scandalous (#2) Sex! Sex was not a topic often discussed, especially by women, until Victoria Woodhull brought the subject up. Victoria Woodhull, an outspoken woman, brought up major issues, during the 1870s, such as sex, religion, marriage and women’s rights. Many did not agree with Victoria Woodhull views on these issues, but she did receive some support from Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Eventually, Victoria Woodhull lost support because of her scandalous and radical behavior. Victoria Woodhull, deemed too scandalous for the scandalous, classifies her as the most scandalous woman to me. The pioneer of the too scandalous for the scandalous, Victoria Woodhull paved the pathway for other radical scandalous …show more content…

Elizabeth Cady Stanton participated in many abolitionist movements. After being denied access to an abolitionist convention due to her sex, Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, the Declaration of Independence rewritten to include women, which was the beginning of the women’s movement. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony then teamed up to plan their own convention in Seneca Falls called the Seneca Falls Convention (July 19-20, 1848), the first women's rights convention, which discussed issues pertaining to women. On May 15, 1869 in New York City Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony founded the National Women Suffrage Association (NWSA). Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a major component in the women’s movement, tested the boundaries of society norms and even rewrote the Declaration of Independence, the most valued document in US history, to include women, which deemed her scandalous. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wanted all women to have the rights they deserved, but had to make some tough choices so that the cause did not get lost. For example, Elizabeth Cady Stanton did support Victoria Woodhull and supported most of her views for women rights, but she knew that being too radical and unfocused could lead to failure and rejection of the cause, so Elizabeth Cady Stanton choice to focus on the suffrage movement. Elizabeth Cady Stanton overall …show more content…

The young Quaker activist, Alice Paul (1885-1977), considered too radical for the NAWSA organization (led by Carrie Chapman Catt), decided to form the Militant Congressional Union for Women Suffrage (1914) and the National Women’s Party (1916) with her friend Lucy Burns. Alice Paul planned public gatherings to protest against President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. These types of tactics upset the NAWSA, especially Carrie Chapman Catt, since NAWSA used more conservative methods that did not disturb the public. Alice Paul attracted younger women through her compelling charm. In 1917, Alice Paul used another radical method by picketing the White House and used quotes from President Woodrow Wilson to reveal the unfairness of not allowing women to vote. Alice Paul also used parades as a form of protest, which brought lots of exposure, tamer, simple to organize, had reading signs, family friendly and the women dressed elegantly so seem pure, innocent and angelic. The parades helped get the points across about woman suffrage, but in a more accepted way. Alice Paul did get arrested along with some of her supporters for picketing the White House. The time spent in jail Alice Paul and her supporters went on hunger strikes, a very radical tactic. Unfortunately, the women got force feed in gruesome and inhuman ways, which did gain sympathy

Open Document