Suffragette Cats Are the Original Cat Ladies

Cats and dogs are gendered in contemporary American culture, such that dogs are thought to be the proper pet for men and cats for women (especially lesbians). This, it turns out, is an old stereotype. In fact, cats were a common symbol in suffragette imagery. Cats represented the domestic sphere, and anti-suffrage… » 12/06/13 7:15pm 12/06/13 7:15pm

Old Cartoon Depicts Suffragettes as Saw-Toothed Crones

Before women were granted the right to vote in 1918 and 1920 in the UK and US, respectively, there was a very, very long discussion about whether giving women the vote was a good idea in the first place. In fact, people were so adamantly against giving women the vote that the more artistically inclined of the… » 11/02/12 7:01pm 11/02/12 7:01pm