Suffrage Atelier

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"What a woman may be and yet not have the vote" was created by the Suffrage Atelier

Suffrage Atelier was an artists' collective campaigning for women's suffrage in England. It was founded in February 1909 by Laurence Housman, Clemence Housman[1] and Alfred Pearse.[2] Clemence was a writer, illustrator, and wood engraver, and her brother Laurence was a fantasy writer.

The Atelier, which became a major political entity, accepted as its members women who were professional illustrators in some form. It also encouraged non-professional artists to submit work, and paid them a small percentage of the profits.[3] It ran printmaking workshops and held competitions. The Suffrage Atelier's policy was to produce only what could be quickly reproduced and circulated. Clemence Housman was a well respected member of the WSPU, so much of the production of the Suffrage Atelier was distributed in the WSPU store chains and national newspaper.

The Suffrage Ateliers had a large body of subscribers that included both men and non-professionals. Subscribers were encouraged to submit fine art, poster and post card designs, craft work, and donations. Subscribers also helped organize pageants and exhibitions.

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  1. ^ Foley, Kenneth (2013). Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: An Illustrated Historical Study. McFarland, p. 143.
  2. ^ Atkinson, Diane. Funny Girls: Campaigning for Equality, p. 44.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2009.