Thanks to the meticulous savers at the Library of Congress, I can bring you this cover of Puck magazine from December 27, 1911. The caption reads: “LOOK WHO’S HERE!” Father Time is ushering out 1911, who appears to be startled, aghast, and amazed at the new year 1912. Instead of the usual chubby baby boy (for the literary-minded a “putto”) 1911 sees a tiny woman in hat, furs, and a sign that reads:
Happy New Year
Votes for Women
Now it’s 2013, a year and a century later. Oregon women did get the right to vote in 1912, as I’m sure you know if you are reading this blog. Many other women did not. A lot has changed since Louis Glackens drew this illustration. A lot has not. Let’s take a look at 2013 and resolve to make a change for the better!