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The Age of Brass - Women's Suffrage Movement

As American women advocated for their right to vote, a groundswell of opposition grew around their efforts. This 1869 illustration, by Currier & Ives, is one such lithographic print.

Entitled “The Age of Brass / Or the Triumphs of Woman’s Rights,” the illustration is a satirical caricature depicting what could happen if American women were able to vote. We see two political candidates—"Susan Sharp-tongue the Celebrated Man-Tamer” and “Miss Hangman for Sheriff.”

On the right side, of the illustration, we see a woman brandishing her fist at her husband (who is holding the couple’s infant).

This—the illustration seems to say—is what can happen if women are able to vote and if women are allowed to run for political office.

At the time this lithograph was published, in 1869, the only place where American women could vote was in Wyoming (which, at the time, was a territory not a state).

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Media Credits

Currier & Ives lithographic print, published during 1869, online via the Library of Virginia. Public Domain.

 

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