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Suffragettes, A Collection of Images

Actually, I want to focus here on the anti-Suffragette backlash. Around the turn of the 1920th century, women advocating for the equal right to vote and to get elected in western democracies were often depicted in a negative and derogative fashion by both male and female opponents of equal suffrage. Here are a few examples:

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suffragettes home 1912

anti-suffrage pamphlet

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anti-suffragette poster

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anti-suffragette poster

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anti-suffragette poster

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anti-suffragette poster

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anti-suffragette poster

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anti-suffragette poster

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force feeding a suffragette

(source; Suffragettes on hunger strike were occasionally force-fed, see here; ICWT stands for International Council of Women)
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Women campaigning from NYC to Boston to win voting rights, August 1913

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On Nov. 1, 1872, Susan B. Anthony convinced officials in Rochester, N.Y., to allow her to register to vote, arguing down their objections and threatening to sue them if they refused. Anthony cast a vote in the Nov. 5 election, selecting the straight Republican ticket, headed by Ulysses S. Grant. This is the indictment Anthony was served the next January, in which a grand jury charged her with knowingly voting “without having a lawful right to vote … the said Susan B. Anthony being then and there a person of the female sex.” Judge Hunt fined Anthony $100, to which she protested “I will never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.” The state found no assets to seize, and the fine was never paid.

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Susan B. Anthony pummeled and arrested for attempting to vote in 1872

Susan B. Anthony pummeled and arrested for attempting to vote in 1872

More on the suffragette movement here. More collections of images here.

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5 thoughts on “Suffragettes, A Collection of Images

  1. BobLeeds says:

    The real Issue in the UK was a “Women without a Vote”, or not given the right to vote, implied women had no independent viewpoint’s worth listening to, or worthy of being taking into account. In some respects it inferred they were lesser citizens which at the time was true. With the benefit of hindsight perhaps the leaders of the British Suffragette movement – if they had been Members of Parliament – they could have played a huge part in preventing the political madness of WW1. America and New Zealand led the way in allowing women the vote.

  2. Nick says:

    I would edit your opening to read “..turn of the 20th century” which was the early 1900s. The turn of the 19th century was the early 1800s.

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