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League of Women Voters Poster, 1920


Not everyone had the right to vote and participate in the development of laws. The Constitution stated that all men were created equal, but it left out the rights of women. In Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, women declared that they too deserved the right to vote. For the rest of the nineteenth century into the twentieth, women and their supporters argued for woman suffrage. In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified granting women the right to vote.

Citation: League of Women Voters. 1920. Erie: Erie Litho & Ptg Co. Poster. Equal Suffrage League of Virginia Papers, Acc. 22002. Library of Virginia


Social Studies: VS.1, USI.8, USII.1, US11.3, CE.1, CE.3, CE.5, GOVT.1, GOVT.6
Art: 4.18, 4.19, 5.18, 5.19
English: 4.7, 5.7

Suggested Questions

In Their Shoes: Pretend you are a suffragette. Write a letter expressing your viewpoint in the hopes of persuading someone to join you in this movement. Who would you send it to?

Current Connections: Who are the League of Women Voters? When did they form? How might images like this one have affected this group? Are they still relevant today?

Analyze: In regards to the poster, what is it? Who would have made it? What is the message? How do you know? Who is the target audience? Who might have received these? What role does media play in campaigning? Can you detect bias or opinion? Is this considered propaganda? Is it effective?

Artistic Exploration: Look at the poster encouraging women to vote. What do you see regarding the three figures (and who they are) and the objects and background? In your opinion, to what extent is this poster effective advocacy for voting? Be specific.

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