Drawing for Suffrage

Lasting Legacy: The Modern Lens

Women in the suffrage movement realized that they had to change cultural perceptions in order to gain equal access to political action. ​​​​​​​

As British and American women celebrate over a century of suffrage, cultural barriers continue to undermine full access to voting for women in 10 countries. 

Remnants of degrading images of female activists and politicians appeared in Europe in recent years.

Maryam Pougetoux, Student Union Leader, Paris Sorbonne University, 2018

Pougetoux spoke out against student education reforms and voiced her ideas and concerns. 

Front Cover of Charlie Hebdo Magazine, Charlie Hebdo Magazine, 2018

A satirical cartoon mocking Pougetoux of her headscarf .

Brexit Means, Adams Cartoon, The Telegraph, 2016

Former Prime Minister Theresa May mocked for lacking knowledge of Brexit.  

Inside Theresa May's Brain, David Simmonds, The Observor, 2019

May is degraded through decrepit facial features and a display of political negligence. 

Barbara F. Berenson, ​​​​​​​Facebook

Barbara F. Berenson, former Massachusetts District Court Senior Attorney and author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers​​​​​​​

"Women were never given the vote, nobody is just given the vote. They had to wage campaigns to persuade other to grant them the vote. "
~ Barbara F. Berenson

"[The movement] is such a reminder that we should never take the right to vote for granted. Those who have been historically denied the right to vote feel that denial acutely. It is a very violation of what it means to be an equal human being."
~ Barbara F. Berenson

The Modern Significance of the Women's Suffrage Movement, Interview with Barbara Berenson, February 21, 2020, Conducted by Spandana Vagwala 

Women who led the fight for voting rights in Britain from the 1830s-1928 recognized the power of art to transform cultural perceptions, which formed attitude barriers toward women's equal access to voting in England. ​​​​​​​Art, in all shapes and forms, expresses what cannot be put into words. It timelessly functions as a powerful weapon that assists activism and revolutions that transcend the world into a better place, breaking barrier by barrier.

"Art, at its most significant, is a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it."

~ Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), media theorist popularized the adage "the medium is the message."

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