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The Suffragists as Victims or Unfit Wives: The Use of Gender in British Suffragist and Anti-Suffragist Cartoons, 1908-1914

Student Rebecca Driscoll
Faculty Mentor(s) Dr. Richard Bond
Department History

Abstract

Argues that both the suffragists and the anti-suffragists in Britain used traditional views of women and gender roles in their cartoons in order to gain public support. The suffragists, who were presenting a new and radical view of who should be able to vote, had more of a need to attract the public to their side, and accordingly portrayed themselves as victimized women who deserved pity and support. The anti-suffragists, having no need to promote their traditional beliefs, responded to the suffragists by portraying them as unfeminine and unsuitable wives.

 

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