suffrage postcard

(Oregon Historical Society, Mss1534) The wall hanging reads: "What is a suffragette without a suffering household?"

Welcome to 2012.

Another presidential election in the U.S.

Big deal.

No really—it is a big deal.

I won’t go all mushy and patriotic on you, but the right to vote didn’t come easy in this country unless you were a white male with property. It’s still not easy for some citizens. Think about it!

This year marks the centennial celebration of Oregon men giving Oregon women—some of them—the right to vote. I’ll have more to say about that in future posts, but you don’t have to wait for me. Click on the Century of Action site for a ton of information.

If you’re in the neighborhood, visit Portland’s Central Library January 25 to March 6, 2012, for Votes for Women! The Oregon Story.  The exhibit might include the postcard featured here, along with the surprising note written on the back of the card.Votes for women! postcard

Stop up and see me there on February 26 from 2 to 3:30. I’ll be dressed in 1912 costume, which is why I wrote Blue Thread. Just kidding. I’ll show you the anti-suffrage “petticoat card” featured in Blue Thread, and you’ll have a chance to make a postcard of your own—a pro-suffrage one, I hope. Come on over. My hat alone is worth the trip!

 

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