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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Public Interests’ League of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts. Woman Suffrage as a War Measure . . . No! No Worse War Measure Could be Devised, ca. 1917. NAWSA Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (093.00.00)

Antisuffragists Oppose Passage as Necessary War Measure

After Congress decided in 1917 that it would only consider war-related bills, both the NWP and NAWSA stressed women’s wartime contributions and pitched women’s suffrage as a “war measure.” Antisuffragists responded in kind, as in this handbill, which highlighted the pre-war pacifist positions of Carrie Chapman Catt and Anna Howard Shaw and warned voters that Congress would gain more members like the recently elected Jeannette Rankin of Montana, who voted against the president’s war declaration.

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