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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Edward A. Poucher (1882–1966). The Woman’s Hour Has Struck: Woman Suffrage is Coming. Reproduced on the cover of The World Magazine, February 4, 1917. Breckinridge Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (089.00.00)

The Woman’s Hour—A Bellwether of Success to Come

Five thousand artists entered a poster contest held by NAWSA to launch their 1917 campaign. New York illustrator Edward A. Poucher won the $250 first prize, drawing inspiration from Carrie Chapman Catt’s rousing 1916 convention speech challenging suffragists to abandon their complacency. In an obvious reference to women yielding to “The Negro’s Hour” after the Civil War, Catt declared that “The Woman’s Hour has struck.” In 1917, women won full voting rights in New York and partial rights in other states.