Title: A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull
Author: Kathleen Krull
Publisher: Walker & Company
Concepts: child schooling and work, careers, discrimination, economics of gender, economic role of government, finance, public service
Review: A pioneer in women’s rights, Victoria Woodhull broke many boundaries by becoming the first woman to own a brokerage firm, to own a weekly newspaper, to speak before Congress, and to run for the U.S. presidency. Despite these many accomplishments, her story nearly vanished from history and was never presented for children before this picture book biography was published. This book portrays her various triumphs and failures from her early life in poverty to her bid for presidency. An author’s note continues with other details about Woodhull’s life after her presidential run. The book concludes with a bibliography of other (adult) sources of information on Woodhull. Graceful watercolor illustrations adorn each page, vividly portraying Woodhull in her many activities.
Using Woodhull’s life as a model, this book introduces young readers to historical examples of gender discrimination. However, it also provides hope by showing that, despite many obstacles, Woodhull was able to transcend many gender boundaries. In addition, children will get a glimpse at businesses through some of Woodhull’s many endeavors.
Review by: The Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children