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