Hard One, Not Done


A commemoration of the 100-Year Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment from an Iowa Perspective

Picturing the Arguments Against Woman Suffrage

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 2:00pm
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 4:00pm

In 1909, at the height of the woman suffrage controversy and during the golden age of postcards, the Dunston-Weiler Lithograph Company of New York produced a twelve-card set of full-color lithographic cartoon postcards opposing woman suffrage. The postcard images reflect, and depart from, verbal arguments concerning woman suffrage prevalent during this period. They reflect arguments against suffrage that highlighted the coarsening effect the vote would have on women. The postcards also present an argument that was absent in the verbal discourse surrounding suffrage: that men (and the nation) would become feminized by woman suffrage. UNI professor Dr. Cate Palczewski's lecture, richly illustrated with examples from postcards from 1900-1919, explores the visual arguments against woman suffrage and notes the way similar images appear in contemporary media.
Free, and open to the public.

Cedar Falls Historical Society Victorian House
308 W 3rd Street
Cedar Falls
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Diane Schupbach
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Cedar Falls Historical Society