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The Suffragattes


All giclées are signed by Mort Künstler and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Available Prints:

Giclée Print on Canvas - Classic Edition - $575.00
Image Size: 22" x 29" Edition Size: 25 Release Date: December 2009

Giclée Print on Canvas - Masterpiece Edition - $1,495.00
Image Size: 28" x 37" Edition Size: 15 Release Date: December 2009

To place an order or for more information please call 516-624-2830 or email info@mortkunstler.com



When in 1840 two intrepid young women, Lucrecia Mott and Elisabeth Cady Stanton, went to London to participate in a World Anti-Slavery Convention only to find that they were not allowed to speak or even to sit in the convention itself, but were relegated to the gallery. Were determined when they returned to American to free not only blacks from slavery, but women from semi-slavery.

Their first step in that direction came in 1848 when they organized the famous Seneca Falls, New York, convention, which in the language of the Declaration of Independence arraigned the tyranny of men over women, and called for "immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of the United States."

That immediate recognition was a long time coming. Finally, in 1869, the Territory of Wyoming led the way by granting women suffrage; gradually, other states followed, mostly those in the West. By the time for the First World War, thirteen states had adopted women's suffrage. Clearly the demand for quality could no longer be denied: women served alongside men as nurses during the war and, even more importantly, took over many jobs - in both industry and the office - left untended when the men to war. By 1917, New York joined the roster of states embracing women's suffrage, and victory was in sight.

Confronting a reluctant Congress, women followed the example set by the suffragettes of England. They paraded, agitated, demonstrated, went on hunger strikes, and chained themselves tot he White House fences. Belatedly - and even reluctantly - President Wilson came out on their side "as a war measure," and in the summer of 1919 Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which stated that "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied by the United States, or by any State on account of sex."

Thereafter, notwithstanding implacable hostility in most of the southern states, the amendment was ratified by three-fourths of the states in record time; on August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment became part of the Constitution.






 

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