Radcliffe: Boston Seminar on the History of Women and Gender


Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:30pm


Mass Historical Society, Seminar Room, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

A “fine looking body of women”: Woman Suffragists Develop Their Visual Campaign

Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute

Comment: Suzanna Danuta Walters, Northeastern University

Suffragists coordinated a visual campaign to promote their cause and counter caricatures that depicted them as masculine. In the 1880s, they increased their efforts to establish a positive public image of their movement. Suffrage leaders—especially Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton—began to change the way they represented themselves and fellow prominent figures. In the 1890s, as press committees took control of visual propaganda, suffragists honed their visual strategies to transform the imagery of political womanhood in the mainstream press.

The Boston Seminar Series on the History of Women and Gender—cosponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—offers scholars and students an opportunity to discuss new research on any aspect of the history of women and gender in the United States, without chronological limitation.

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