Susan B. Anthony was one of the major players in the Women's Suffrage movement. She joined forces with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (another major player) in 1851. In 1852, she and Stanton attended the Women's Rights Convention in Syracuse, NY. She was hooked. From then to her death in 1906, she fought for the suffrage movement. She protested, she spoke to government officials, she did everything she could. Unfortunately, she never got to see the fruits of her labor, because women officially didn't get the right to vote until 1920.
The author of this map is unknown, but it was found on the Washington Post website. The message is that it shouldn't take a federal mandate for change to happen. Many states gave women the right to vote 25 years before the federal government ever did anything about it. One hundred years ago, the House held a hearing on this issue. This is extremely important because not only does it show how far we've come as a nation, but also shows how much farther we need to go.
The authors of this law include all members of the 66th Congressional session in 1920. On the surface, the message is simple: Women have the right to vote. But really, the message this sends goes much deeper than just voting rights. This starts the whirlwind of the feminism movement. Now that women have the right to vote, their vote matters just as much as a man's. This tells women that they matter and their opinions have value.
This article is from the Washington Post and was written by Terence McArdle. He wrote this article on November 10th to pay tribute to all the women who suffered as a result of the suffrage protests (no joke intended, I promise.) These women were brutally beaten in the Occoquan Workhouse all for protesting peacefully. They were denied access to a lawyer and a fair trial. They knew this was unfair, so many of them began hunger strikes in protest. It got so bad that guards had to force feed these women. In the height of WWI, these members of the National Women's Party (NWP) knew they need their rights now more than ever. This is a powerful message of doing whatever it takes for what is right, which is what the women's suffrage movement was all about.
The author and the source of this is unknown. This is just another example of people trying to discourage women from voting. During this time period, it was absolutely unheard of that men would do any sort of housework. In fact, if people knew that men did housework in their own homes, not only would they be made fun of, their wives would be scolded for allowing the husband to do anything related to housework. The message essentially is that women should not go out and protest or vote because their place is in the home. It relates because it shows that not everyone was for women's suffrage.
This article comes from a newspaper published in 1918. The author is unknown. Not everyone was for women's suffrage. It's surprising, though, that the most vocal groups that spoke out against it, were women. This article tells women that if you want to vote, you're a bad mother. They point out that the 8 major leaders of the movement are childless, which was a very negative thing back then. They also say things like mothers are "too busy to engage in politics, and they seldom vote." Finally, they sent subliminal messages that by voting, they are not protecting their families. It relates to my issue because it shows the other side of the coin. There were plenty of people against giving women the right to vote.
The artist is unknown, but the cartoon is titled "the Steamroller." I believe the intended message was that progress is seen as a steamroller. This is because women and other groups of people have been mistreated and oppressed for so long (even at this point in time,) they decided to bring out the big guns and just steamroll over their opposition to get to their goal. It could also be seen as negative, because during this time, women were supposed to be conservative, quiet, and polite. Steamrolling over everyone can be seen as a negative thing, even if it did lead to something amazing. It relates to my chosen issue because the topic of this cartoon is women's suffrage.