Cartoon Making Fun of Suffragettes

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Friday, March 14, 1913: Nothing doing.

Cartoon Making Fun of Suffra

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share an old cartoon about suffragettes that appeared in the April 4, 1914 issue of the Watsontown Record and Star.

Today it’s hard to perceive why anyone would think that women shouldn’t have the right the vote—it’s interesting to get a sense of the opposite perspective from this cartoon.

The Watsontown Record and Star is a long defunct newspaper from a town very near to where Grandma lived. I’ve only ever seen a few issues of it. But it probably was a newspaper that Grandma regularly read, and it probably reflected commonly held opinions in her community.

We’ve come a long way!!

9 Responses

  1. Yes, we HAVE come a long way!

  2. And it wasn’t that long ago was it – that we finally got the vote? What next?

  3. My grandmother was 38 years old before she had the vote. I can imagine the frustration women of our grandmothers’ era must of felt not having voting rights. The legacy for our generation is the inequality of women’s representation in our Congress and state legislatures today.

  4. Cute cartoon art, not-so-cute message. We need to be ever-vigilante, still!

  5. So many women around the world are yet to have a voice.

  6. We have come a long way and I am so thankful we have! Thanks for the post and the newspaper ad.

  7. Amen, thank you ‘soldiers in petticoats’. Now, I think if mom’s ruled the world, fewer sons would die in wars.

  8. We surely have come a long way – we should never take for granted our precious hard-won civil rights!

  9. My History teacher from last year said that, like, men thought women couldn’t handle voting, that we’d change all the policies, and we were too stupid to be able to vote responsibly. I suppose this cartoon backs-up his claim on that last part.

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