5. ‘What A Woman Ma y Be’, Suf­fragette poster, 1913

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

One of the goals for this ex­hi­bi­tion is to un­earth and hon­our for­got­ten comics cre­ators

A century ago, as part of the suf­fragettes’ long-fought cam­paign for the vote for women, the Suf­frage Ate­lier was founded in Fe­bru­ary 1909 in Shepherd’s Bush, to de­sign and print its own low-cost posters and post­cards. This per­sua­sive wood­cut print by an un­known fe­male artist uses two rows of pan­els to starkly con­trast the women in re­spon­si­ble roles, who were de­nied suf­frage, with the male pris­on­ers, lu­natics, drunk­ards and oth­ers who were still en­ti­tled to vote. This rare and timely re­minder was loaned by the V&A.

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