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Woman Suffrage Postcard/National Museum of American History

1915

National Women’s History Museum

National Women’s History Museum

A popular anti-suffrage argument claimed that entering the supposedly masculine world of politics would take away from women’s femininity. This postcard directly refutes that argument by giving examples of other tasks women commonly performed that, while by no means feminine, were not considered to take away from their “womanliness” in the same way that voting would not change a woman’s fundamental character.
The National American Woman Suffrage Association began a postcard campaign in 1910, partly to raise awareness of the cause and partly as a fundraiser. The cards could be funny, serious, or sentimental. Some employed powerful patriotic symbols and logical arguments to make their case for woman’s right to vote.

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