A Lecture on Constitutional Equality

Cover of “A Lecture on Constitutional Equality,” a speech delivered by Victoria Woodhull. Journeymen Printers’ Co-operative Association, 1871. Image via The Library of Congress. Public domain.

In 1871, leader of the American suffragist movement, Victoria Woodhull, delivered her “Lecture on Constitutional Equality” at Lincoln Hall, Washington D.C. In her speech, she argues for women’s rights by comparing the suffragist movement to prominent movements that came before. She lists out 27 reasons and urges listeners to consider how women’s constitutional rights were being denied at the time. Her speech was reported in a local newspaper and printed as a pamphlet, and she has been cited numerous times as a feminist activist since.

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