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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

William Stephen Warren (1882–1968). “Attend to the Business of Citizenship Today.” Pencil sketch, ca. 1924, possibly drawn for the Cleveland News or the League of Women Voters. League of Women Voters Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (131.00.00)
Alice Stone Blackwell (1857–1950). Delegate badge, National League of Women Voters, Baltimore, MD, April 20-30, 1922. On loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Initially from the NAWSA Records, Library of Congress (131.01.00)

“Vote Today and Your Conscience Will Be Clear”

After passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, Carrie Chapman Catt and Maud Wood Park transformed NAWSA into the nonpartisan National League of Women Voters, which aimed to educate the electorate, especially newly enfranchised women, about candidates and campaign issues. The League encouraged everyone to “Attend to the Business of Citizenship,” as illustrated in this drawing by Cleveland News cartoonist W. S. Warren, whose long career also included stints with the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Public Ledger, and Buffalo Evening News. Alice Stone Blackwell, longtime editor of The Woman’s Journal, attended the League’s third meeting in Baltimore in 1922, ambitiously held in conjunction with the Pan-American Conference of Women.