19th at 100: Commemorating the Suffrage Struggle and Its Legacies in Northeast Ohio

The 20th Century: Age of Advertising

At the turn of the century, many women's suffrage organizations turned to image management as a major tool for their campaign. They stopped relying on speaking tours and conventions and turned instead to parades and tableaus. They distributed cards and valentines, sold matching clothing and sashes, and ran publicity stunts. The National Women's Party even risked their lives for sympathy: hunger striking when imprisoned for picketing. These many forms of advertisement brought suffrage to the front pages of newspapers and to the forefront of people's minds, even while some of them purposely excluded black women.

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