Brie Larson Is Here to Teach Us All About an OG Feminist

Mar 23, 2017 at 4:55 p.m. ET
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Women are a huge part of the resistance movement that has risen out of the ashes of the election of Donald Trump. But in the months since the election and Inauguration Day, all that activism has been taking its toll. It's exhausting, and a little bit of inspiration will go a long way.

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That inspiration is coming in the form of a biopic of Victoria Woodhull, a suffragette and the first woman ever to run for president. After being the first woman to address Congress, Woodhull ran for the presidency in 1872 on the Equal Rights ticket, long before women even had the right to vote — and she did it after receiving almost no formal education, since schooling wasn't viewed as being as important for women at the time.

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She also founded the first woman-run stock brokerage and published a book on social reform with her sister. By the end of her life, she had fallen out of favor with many other leaders of the Suffrage movement because she loved the spotlight, but she was still instrumental in advancing women's rights during her lifetime. She was inspiring in so many ways, and what's even more important is that, while Woodhull has been featured in documentary-type films, she's never gotten the biopic treatment.

And Brie Larson, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of a rape victim in 2015's Room, will play Woodhull and produce the film. Larson proved her acting and feminism chops in Room, and we're stoked to see her take this on.

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Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

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