Woman's Party "Busy"


Woman's Party "Busy"




This illustration was featured in the December 1920 issue of the Suffragist magazine, a publication that focused not only on the suffrage movement but the political involvement of women. The publication was in production from before the 19th amendment to after its passing. This particular issue came after the amendment had gone into effect and featured articles and illustrations, much like this one, on the new role in which women were taking in politics. The political cartoon shows a woman telephone operator surrounded by mess of flying papers. Each one of these papers features a topic in which women were fighting for politically. From health care to birth control and child care to tax reform, this illustration features the wide range of subjects in which women were involved with in the 1920s. Some of the topics were ones that women had long been active in while others were relatively new topics for women. The cartoon was perhaps aimed to not only show that women were taking an active role in politics but to simply communicate to the average woman reader what issues were possibilities for them to support. Allender was able to creatively show not only a working woman, though one in a gendered job, but also that the woman’s party wasted no time in getting involved. The title of the cartoon “Woman’s Party Busy” and the cartoon itself communicate that women were increasingly expanding their political interests.


Nina E. Allender


The Suffragist, Periodical, vol VIII no 11.


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Woman's Party "Busy"



Nina E. Allender , “Woman's Party "Busy",” Making an Impact: The Lives of Tennessee Women, accessed October 21, 2020, https://umhist4851.omeka.net/items/show/99.

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