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Election Day gallery: Women’s Suffrage cartoons from “Ladies First”

It’s Election Day in the United States, and 2020 is the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, prohibiting the government from denying the right to vote to citizens on the basis of sex. In celebration of our current exhibit, “Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art”, we are highlighting some of the powerful work by suffragist cartoonists who were fighting for the issues they believed in; from child labor laws and prohibition, to the vote itself. It is important to note, however, that women of color were often blocked from casting their vote for many decades after the 19th Amendment passed. Today when we go to the polls, we are grateful to all who came before us to fight for the rights of all people to vote.

To see more of this work, make an reservation today to visit the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum galleries.

Blanche Ames (1878 – 1969)

Blanche Ames, “Double the power of the home — two good votes are better than one” October 23, 1915. Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News

Katherine Milhous (1894–1977)

Katherine Milhous, “A Moving Picture” March 11, 1916 Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News

Lou Rogers (1879–1952)

Lou Rogers, “Conquering and Still to Conquer” November 9, 1912. Womans Journal and Suffrage News

Lou Rogers, “The Village Soak — A Voter”  February 19, 1916. Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News

Fredrikke S. Palmer (1860-1947)

Fredrikke S. Palmer, “Child Labor: What are you going to do about it?” January 22, 1916. Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News

Fredrikke S. Palmer, “Waiting for the Returns”, October 30, 1915. Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News

Marika Bryn (unknown)

Marika Bryn, “The Trumpeter Awakening New York” May 6, 1911. Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News

Mayme B. Harwood (unknown)

Mayme B. Harwood, “His Christmas Pie” December 19, 1914, Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News

Laura Foster (1871 – 1920)

Laura Foster, “Progress” March 17, 1917, Puck

Nina Allender (1873–1957)

Nina Allendar, “Exploding Opposition” July 10, 1915. The Suffragist

Edwina Dumm (1893-1990)

Edwina Dumm, “Up to him now”, February 2, 1917. Columbus Monitor

Found in the Collection: Political Cartoons on Police Brutality

Cartoonists across the world right now are using their chosen medium to comment on systemic racism and police brutality, to express their pain and their solidarity with the protest movement, and to voice their concerns and critiques.

Today on the blog, we take a look at the way that police brutality has been explored through political cartoons from the U.S. and beyond over the past few decades, and invite you to think about what has changed and what has stayed the same. A political cartoon conveys the opinion of its creator and has a specific point of view. The cartoon might reinforce what the reader already believes or might persuade the reader to think differently about an issue, person or event.

This is only a small sampling from the collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. If you are interested in finding additional cartoons on this topic, please search our Art Database by keyword.

For more recent and contemporary political cartoons, websites like The Nib and are excellent resources. Politico has a weekly roundup, and Counterpoint provides cartoons from different political perspectives via digital newsletter.

“Put it down as assisted suicide…he talked back to a California cop…” by Bill Schorr, 1986, for the Kansas City Star. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection.


by Al Liederman, 199?, publication unknown. From the Al Liederman Collection


“We could say he threatened us with a knife… If we had a knife!”  by Ollie Harrington, 196?, publication unknown. From the Ollie Harrington Collection and Papers.


“Hmm…looks like another outbreak of mad cop disease…” by Bill Schorr, 1996, for the Kansas City Star. From the Rob Rogers Collection.


by Steve Greenberg, 1985, for the Seattle Post Intelligencer. From the Mark J. Cohen and Rose Marie McDaniel Collection


by Steve Breen, 2015, for the San Diego Union Tribune. From the Jimmy Margulies Collection


by Adam Zyglis, 2015, for the Buffalo News. Gift of The Buffalo News and Adam Zyglis


by Mike Ritter, 1992, for Tribune Newspapers (AZ). Michael Ritter Papers and Collection of Original Art


by Bill Schorr, 1992, for the Kansas City Star. From the Bob Englehart Collection


by David Seavey, 198?,  for USA Today. From the David Seavey Collection


by Sam Milai, 1968, for the Pittsburgh Courier. From the Sam Milai Collection.


by Nick Anderson, 1992, for the Courier Journal. From the Nick Anderson Collection.


by Mike Ritter, 1996, for Tribute Newspapers (AZ). From the Michael Ritter Papers and Collection of Original Art.

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