Using the classic metaphor of darkness and light, the struggling woman has made much progress out of darkness, but just as she is about to reach the next rung: “Votes for Women,” she is halted by two demons: “Injustice” and “Prejudice.” Once women achieve the vote, they can continue toward “True Democracy” and “Progress.” This cartoon was published on November 20, 1915, after the failed Massachusetts referendum on November 2. Despite the failure of the referendum, the woman will keep trying to reach the ultimate goal, “Progress.”
Published in The Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News, November 20, 1915. Location of original: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA.