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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

“Ye May session of ye woman’s rights convention—ye orator of ye day denouncing ye lords of creation,” Harper’s Weekly, June 11, 1859. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (300.00.00)

“Denouncing ye Lords of Creation”

Despite the support of a number of men in the decade following the first women’s rights meeting in Seneca Falls, New York, the conventions that were held throughout the North and West often received unsympathetic reports in the press and encountered disruptive groups in the lecture hall. On June 11, 1859, the New York-based newspaper Harper’s Weekly published a wood engraving mocking the annual conventions, with men in both galleries heckling and interrupting the woman at the dais.