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Tennessee Celeste Claflin

Unidentified Artist
Tennessee Celeste Claflin, 1845 - 1923
c. 1872
Albumen silver print
Image: 8.6 × 5.7 cm (3 3/8 × 2 1/4")
Mount: 10 × 6.2 cm (3 15/16 × 2 7/16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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In 1868, Tennessee Claflin moved from Ohio to New York City with her sister Victoria Woodhull. With the help of businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt, they opened a brokerage firm on Wall Street called Woodhull, Claflin and Co. in 1870—the first women ever to do so. Shortly thereafter, the “Lady Bankers” started Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly, a reform magazine that sought to secure the rights of women through open discussions on topics such as education, abortion, and “free love,” or sex outside of marriage.
En 1868, Tennessee Claflin se mudó de Ohio a Nueva York con su hermana Victoria Woodhull. Con ayuda del magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt abrieron en 1870 una agencia de corretaje en Wall Street llamada Woodhull, Claflin and Co., siendo las primeras mujeres en emprender tal negocio. Poco después, las “señoras banqueras” comenzaron a publicar Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly, una revista reformista que abogaba por los derechos de las mujeres mediante la discusión abierta de temas tales como la educación, el aborto y el “amor libre” o sexo fuera del matrimonio.
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