Today is Election Day in the United States, when Americans cast votes for presidential, congressional, state, and local elections. Art and politics are rarely separated for long; one form of art, editorial cartoons, feature a long history of engagement with politics.
One of the fallacies often said of art is that art is always positive. Art can indeed be edifying, like anything the devil is in the details.
Today, women’s suffrage in the United States is 96 years’ old; just a century ago, women lacked the right to vote in federal elections and did not have the right to vote in many state elections. Here’s a look back at some of the innumerable editorial cartoons created to combat the women’s suffrage movement. Some things have changed, but others have not – note, for example, how wives are portrayed in many of these cartoons.
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