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The suffrage movement was a divisive issue and faced incredible opposition. If we consider the difficulties women’s rights activists face today, one can only imagine the challenges faced by the suffragettes. One of the strongest methods of anti-suffrage propaganda came through the media. Political postcards with anti-suffrage slogans were widely circulated between 1893 and 1918, the peak of the movement.
Catherine H. Palczewski, a professor of women’s and gender studies at University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, is a long-time collector of anti-suffrage postcards. The Huffington Post samples just a few of the most shocking postcards that aim to completely destabilise the suffrage movement.
Through wild claims against women shirking their responsibilities, children being left motherless and men being forced into domestication, these postcards typify the most outrageous reasons to deny female voting rights. Suffragettes were even accused of “buying” support through flirtation and seduction.
Whilst we now consider our right to vote a given, it is important for us to remember that just under 100 years ago, women were subjected to outrageous feats of propaganda in order discredit the fight for the vote that they ultimately won.