The Suffragist

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The Suffragist
TypeWeekly newspaper
PublisherCongressional Union for Woman Suffrage
FoundedNovember 15, 1913
Political alignmentWomen
Ceased publication1920
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The Suffragist was a weekly newspaper published by the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage in 1913 to advance the cause of women's suffrage. The publication was first envisioned as a small pamphlet by the Congressional Union (CU), a new affiliate of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) which in 1917 became the NWP. It evolved into an eight-page weekly tabloid newspaper by the time the first issue appeared on 15 November 1913.[1]

Started by Alice Paul with Rheta Childe Dorr as its first editor, its goal was to spread women’s political news and to advance movements toward a suffrage amendment. The newspaper gave its publishers an avenue to communicate directly with each other and supporters without going through the mainstream media. In its six years, the publication played an important role in the eventual success of the suffragists.[1]

To go along with its rich informative content, Nina Allender drew political cartoons to attract readers visually. The Suffragist recorded protests and arrests in news accounts and editorials. Along with political cartoons, illustrations, photographs, essays, and poems all served as advocacy devices within the paper.[1]

In 1917, when the National Woman’s Party (NWP) began picketing the White House and were arrested; the newspaper served as a light to the public on the treatment of these political people. In 1914, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were its its editors and later in 1917 Edith Houghton Hooker became its official editor.

The newspaper ceased publication after the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution allowing Women to vote was passed. After the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1919, it regained publication as the official National Woman’s Party magazine in from 1923 until its last publication in 1954. The magazine served a similar role but its focus was specifically on Equal Rights Amendment and other bills affecting women including protective labor legislation, nationality issues, and jury service.[2][3][4][5][6]

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  1. ^ a b c Lumsden, Linda (September 1995). "Suffragist: The Making of a Militant". Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 72 (3): 525–538. doi:10.1177/107769909507200304. ISSN 1077-6990.
  2. ^ "EQUAL RIGHTS. VOL. 1, NO. 1. FEBRUARY 17, 1923". Lewis Suffrage Collection.
  3. ^ Ehrenberg, Ronald (October 1985). "Workers' Rights: Rethinking Protective Labor Legislation". Cambridge, MA. doi:10.3386/w1754.
  4. ^ "Suffragist Newspapers". Sewall-Belmont House & Museum. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Suffrage Journals". Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  6. ^ "The suffragist : official weekly newspaper of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage". catalyst. Johns Hopkins Library. Retrieved 17 December 2013.