Votes for Women Postcard Book


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The fight for American women to gain the vote lasted more than seven decades, upending traditional notions of gender roles and forcing a reconsideration of the duties and privileges of citizenship. Recorded in photographs, periodicals, and broadsides, the suffrage movement inspired the creation of a wide variety of colorful protest imagery and art, including posters, cartoons, and music. The thirty postcards in this book—featuring images selected from collections at the Library of Congress—capture the conviction, energy, and creativity of the path-breaking protesters who changed the course of American history.


  1. Foot soldiers of the suffrage movement advocate for voting rights
  2. Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954)
  3. Carrie Chapman Catt (1859–1947)
  4. Martha Wentworth Suffern (1859–1957)
  5. Lucy Stone (1818–1893)
  6. Cover for Life shows figure of Columbia acknowledging a young woman with ballot in hand
  7. Alice Paul (1885–1977)
  8. Poster llustrates women’s struggles without the vote
  9. Suffragists carry tricolor banners up the steps of the US Capitol
  10. Sojourner Truth (c. 1797–1883)
  11. Allegorical figure of Justice demands voting rights
  12. Suzanne Morin Swing (1882–1982)
  13. Suffragist’s banner
  14. Official program for the Woman Suffrage Procession
  15. Mary Winsor (1869–1956)
  16. Cover for Life, with young suffragist amending the Declaration of Independence
  17. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928)
  18. Illustration for Puck depicts women clamoring for their rights as progress moved eastward
  19. Wage-earning women picket the White House
  20. Suffragists in a hay-wagon ride through the streets of Manhattan
  21. Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902)
  22. Alison Turnbull Hopkins (1880–1951)
  23. National Woman’s Party protest at the White House
  24. Cover for “Votes for Women International Suffragists’ Song”
  25. Lucy Burns (1879–1966)
  26. Lucretia Mott (1793–1880)
  27. Cover for Life pokes fun at suffragists
  28. National Woman’s Party members picket President Woodrow Wilson’s speech in Chicago
  29. Elizabeth Smith Miller (1822–1911)
  30. Cover for Life, published after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment