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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Women Suffrage Literature Bag, white duckcloth with two handles, between 1900 and 1917. On loan from Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Initially from the NAWSA Records, Library of Congress. Gift of Edna M. Stantial (050.01.00)

Tools of the Trade when Spreading the Word

By 1900, suffrage-themed political artwork, handbills, broadsides, postcards, leaflets, and other publications began appearing everywhere, fostered by the availability of inexpensive, machine-produced paper and cost-saving innovations in printing processes. Some of this political literature was mailed and some distributed at meetings and on street corners, creating the need for carts, satchels, and bags, including this one used by a salesgirl or “newsie” for the Woman’s Journal, the weekly newspaper of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.