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Picturing Political PowerImages in the Women's Suffrage Movement$
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Allison K. Lange

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703244

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703381.001.0001

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A “Fine Looking Body of Women”

A “Fine Looking Body of Women”

Female Political Leaders on the Rise

(p.89) 4: A “Fine Looking Body of Women”
Picturing Political Power

Allison K. Lange

University of Chicago Press

Chapter four analyzes the first major efforts to construct a cohesive visual campaign for women’s suffrage. Starting in the 1870s, Susan B. Anthony and her national suffrage organization, the National Woman Suffrage Association, worked to create the movement’s iconography. Projects like the History of Woman Suffrage improved the movement’s public image, but they also entrenched divisions among suffragists. In contrast to Anthony, Lucy Stone and her larger American Woman Suffrage Association made little effort to distribute portraits of their leaders. Suffragists of color, who gradually established their own organizations and iconography, received almost no recognition, much less a portrait in the History of Woman Suffrage. Anthony’s work to distribute portraits defined suffrage leaders for contemporaries and still influence who we remember today.

Keywords:   Susan B. Anthony, National Woman Suffrage Association, American Woman Suffrage Association, Lucy Stone, anti-suffrage movement, portraits, History of Woman Suffrage, engravings, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, carte de visite photographs

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