Celebrating 100 Years of UK Women Voting Rights
Throughout the past two years, we have a seen the rise of a powerful movement that day by day continues to grow. Last year I was fortunate enough to be present in the first ever Women’s March, where millions marched down the streets of Washington D.C, demanding fair for human …
Throughout the past two years, we have a seen the rise of a powerful movement that day by day continues to grow. Last year I was fortunate enough to be present in the first ever Women’s March, where millions marched down the streets of Washington D.C, demanding fair for human rights. If the last year was special by organizing that march, 2018 doesn’t fall short. This year marks 100 years since women of the United Kingdom were granted the right to vote. Why not celebrate it by showcasing some badass vintage posters?
Just a few weeks ago, the Cambridge University Library released archived political protest posters from women suffrage movement of the early 19th Century. During this time period, women were not only demanding the right to vote but also for improvement of working and educative rights. In 1918, women over 30 years were finally granted the right to vote. The exhibition the Cambridge University Library that is on display is titled “Our Weapon is Public Opinion: Posters of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.”
These unseen colorful and humorous selections of suffrage posters were sent to the university by different women’s rights organizations. One thing they all have in common is the color palette they use which are associated with different suffrage groups. Red, white, and green symbolize a peaceful and constitutional suffrage movement while white, green and purple represent a militant point of view. The illustrations seen in the design vary; some transmit an angry and shocking sentiment that also uses metaphors to get their point across. I invite you all to check it out and continue to join forces for a world that everyone could be treated equally no matter their gender, race-ethnicity, or belief.
All artwork ©Cambridge University Library