Seeing Citizens: Picturing American Women’s Fight for the Vote

Date: 

April 9, 2020, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: 

NPS Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA, 01970

The History Department at Salem State University and the Essex Heritage National Area invite you to a presentation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment by Dr. Allison K. Lange, Assistant Professor of History at the Wentworth Institute and Visiting Curator at the Schlesinger Library, Harvard University. 

Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Since the nation’s founding, Americans have used images to define power and gender roles. Popular pictures praised male presidents, while cartoons mocked women who sought rights. Women’s rights activists like Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony challenged these powerful pictures by distributing portraits that featured women as political leaders. Over time, suffragists developed a national visual campaign to change ideas about gender and politics and win voting rights. Allison Lange’s talk is based on her book, Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, published in May 2020 by the University of Chicago Press.