Victoria Woodhull- Glass Ceiling
Victoria Woodhull, first woman to run for US President.
As she sat in jail on election day 1872 Victoria Woodhull (September 23, 1838-June 10, 1927), a woman who came from a poverty-stricken background and with little education, she reflected on the journey she had taken to become the first woman to publicly address the United States Congress, one of the first woman to run a Wall Street brokerage, and the first women to run for U.S. president. As a New York newspaper editor and active suffragist-- her run for president came before women even had the right to vote. Her speech to congress about women's "Constitutional Equality" set the stage for the women's suffrage movement in America. Her break through of the male only political barrier shattered the male dominated world of business and politics. She was the is truly one of Ohio's most remarkable characters, accomplished more than anyone would have expected and is one of the most famous women you have likely never heard of.
Ohio is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents: Grant, Hayes, Garfield, McKinley, Taft, Harding, William Henry and Benjamin Harrison. It is also the birthplace of the first woman to run for president. While students read about Grant, Garfield, Taft and the other Ohio presidents in school, few have ever heard the story of Ohio's most persistent presidential candidate: Victoria Woodhull. Some say that Victoria Claflin Woodhull Blood Martin never made it to the presidency because she was not presidential-quality material. Others say that she didn't make it because she was a woman, and a woman had never been, and never would be, President. But even today, some still argue that Woodhull's gifts as storytelling, leg-pulling, palm-reading hornswaggler could have made her one of the all-time greats. This is her story... www.constitutionalequality.com
The “Grandma” Gatewood Story
Emmy nominated "Trail Magic", winner of best documentary at the Chagrin Film Festival, Indie Gathering and Women's International Film Festival profiles Emma Gatewood. Her story speaks to the courageous, undaunted spirit of Appalachian people everywhere. Emma Caldwell was born around 1887 at Raccoon Creek in Gallia County Ohio; she was one of 15 children. When she was 19 years old she married Perry Clayton Gatewood, a teacher and a produce farmer. During a time when abuse was considered strictly “a personal matter”, Perry would often beat Emma. By 1943, Emma left Perry for good.
After raising her eleven children, apparently Emma decided she needed another challenge. When she read about the Appalachian Trail in National Geographic she discovered that no woman had ever hiked the trail alone from one end to the other. She decided to BE that woman. She managed to go the entire 2,170 miles becoming the first person to solo walk the entire Appalachian trail at the age of 67, was no small feat! Emma, became known to the public as “Grandma” Gatewood, and became a cause celeb across America. Being the first woman to solo hike the AT end to end, Local reporters followed her story, Sports Illustrated featured her, even the KEDS sneaker company latched onto the marketing opportunity and supplied her with shoes. After completing the hike she was featured on the “Today Show”, Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life” show and the “Tonight Show”. Her story raised the veil on several cultural barriers of the day, including age and sex descrimination. This project is in conjunction with the non-profit Eden Valley Enterprises. This Emmy Nominated documentary can be booked for screenings.
A factual series in pre-production
On October 10th 1991, according to Charles Montaldo author of “Profile of a Child Killer”, Susan Smith reported to police that she had been carjacked by a black man who drove away with her sons still in the car. For nine days, she made dramatic pleas on national television for the rescue and return of her children. However, following an intensive investigation and a nationwide search, on November 3, 1994, Smith confessed to letting her 1990 Mazda Protégé roll into nearby John D. Long Lake, drowning her children inside.
When police arrived at Long Lake, the Police Office in Charge had determined that a suspected homicide that may have involved several victims of unknown age had occurred. A C.S.I.D.T. (Dive Team )had been called in by the CSI at three a.m. to investigate the possibility of children being the victims of an“accidental” drowning/possible homicide.
Once the Police Department CSI Team had processed the scene including the boat ramp to the water’s edge and their processing was completed, the CSI Team advised the C.S.I.D.T. Team to begin their investigation procedures. While this was not the first time and underwater CSI team had been called into action, it is perhaps one of the most famous cases involving CSIDT and trained underwater experts to assess the watery murder scene.
Underwater crimes scenes through the ages have often been left unexplored or often undiscovered altogether allowing crimes of violence, passion, neglect, incompetence to go un-investigated and unpunished. Today trained dive teams with powerful AUV, ROV and other discovery craft can locate, identify and investigate a crime scene before the ravages of time and water destroy the crime scene.
Our team of CSI forensic specialists, a skilled team of divers, investigators, and ROV pilots that all happen to be women will unravel unsolved underwater crime scenes some considered too difficult to tackle. This is their story