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Victoria Claflin Woodhull, born in 1838, married at age fifteen to an alcoholic and womanizer. She became the first woman to establish a brokerage firm on Wall Street and played an active role in the woman's suffrage movement. She became the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872. Her name is largely lost in history. Few recognize her name and accomplishments.
This woman's son had to have his leg amputated because she wouldn't pay for his medical care. She was so desperate for money she committed forgery and perjury. But to no avail. She spent her life in squalor, filthy dresses, and eating nothing but irregular graham crackers to save money. She was Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street, with a fortune estimated at 17 BILLION (modern) dollars at the time of her death. Her daughter later donated most of the fortune to charity.
Though today we'd scarcely bat an eye at the image of a pregnant celebrity, during the Victorian era it was rather uncommon for a women (be she famous or not) to be photographed (as stage actress Lilly Langtry was here) when she was in the "family way".
* Medicine Crow: As a youth of fifteen, Medicine Crow went on his first war party. In the next nineteen years, he led a vigorous and often dangerous life of a Plains Indian warrior. For twelve of those years he was a war chief noted for his agility in hand-to-hand combat, courage, and dependability in bringing his men back home not only safely but victorious ~ Artist by: steeelll *
Antique Patent Medicine bottle (empty) DILL MEDICINE Co. All-Original, embossed w/ label, in box, w/ OPIUM Ingredient. Over 100 year old- Bottle has full label on fourth side panel that reads in part, "DILL'S - BATEMAN DROPS / 49% ALCOHOL ... OPIUM 2 GR. PER FL. OZ. ... for pain of stomach and abdomen ... THE DILL MEDICINE CO. NORRISTOWN, PA."
Dr. Frances Dick, 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW, Sydney, c.1892. photograph by J. Hubert Newman. Dr Frances Dick graduated from London School of Medicine for Women & the University of Ireland. Her qualifications included: LSA (Lond) 1891 & MB Bac Surg, Royal University of Ireland 1891. She was the 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW preceding Dr M A Corliss by a few months. She was registered on 13 January, 1892. State Lib of NSW
Dickens and other writers associated prostitution with the mechanisation and industrialisation of modern life, portraying prostitutes as human commodities consumed and thrown away like refuse when they were used up. Moral reform movements attempted to close down brothels, something that has sometimes been argued to have been a factor in the concentration of street-prostitution in Whitechapel, in the East End of London, by the 1880s (near the end of the 19th century)
Elizabeth Blackwell said she turned to medicine after a close friend who was dying suggested she would have been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman. She became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register