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“U.S. Senate: ‘Democracy—Piffle!’” by Nina Allender, January 18, 1919

Nina Evans Allender was an accomplished artist, a committed suffragist and the official political cartoonist of the National Woman’s Party (NWP). Her cartoons, published in the NWP weekly newspaper The Suffragist, portrayed women’s rights advocates as young, vibrant, and capable. Her drawings documented the suffragist struggle and contributed to its success.

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“U.S. Senate: ‘Democracy—Piffle!’” by Nina Allender, January 18, 1919

Working for Woman Sufferage

From 1848 at a convention in Seneca Falls, New York, and continuing into the 20th century, several generations of woman suffragists worked tirelessly for the right to vote. Over time, they employed different strategies—some worked for a constitutional amendment, and others pursued suffrage state by state. Tactics included petitions, parades, public speaking, civil disobedience, imprisonment and hunger strikes. Women finally achieved suffrage in 1920 with ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing them the right to vote.