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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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White Public Mothers and Militant Suffragists Win the Vote

White Public Mothers and Militant Suffragists Win the Vote

(p.159) 6: White Public Mothers and Militant Suffragists Win the Vote
Picturing Political Power

Allison K. Lange

University of Chicago Press

Chapter six contrasts the emphasis on idealized femininity embraced by leading white and black women with the demonstrations carried out by their militant counterparts. In the 1910s, suffragists took advantage of new halftone technology, which allowed for the printing of photographs in newspapers. Borrowing publicity tactics from labor activists and British suffragists, Alice Paul staged parades and pickets to ensure media coverage. The National American Woman Suffrage Association condemned the protests carried out by Paul and her National Woman’s Party. Public protests were often segregated too, and the National Association of Colored Women advised against participation in favor of more respectable—and safer—activism. Suffragists won support by winning over the popular press, keeping the cause in the news with dramatic protests, and mounting propaganda campaigns that transformed dominant representations of female citizens.

Keywords:   National American Woman Suffrage Association, Alice Paul, National Woman's Party, Mary Church Terrell, National Association of Colored Women, suffrage pickets, propaganda, halftone photographs, suffrage parade, Ida B. Wells

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