July: Featuring Suffragist Art Cartoons and Art for Women's Voting Rights
Nina Allender was born on December 25, 1873 in Auburn, Kansas as Nina Evans. She married a man named Charles H. Allender in 1893, but after some years, he ran off with another woman; Nina sued for divorce and was granted it shortly after. She took classes at the Corcoran Museum of Art and studied with various mentors in Pennsylvania. She did much of her activism work in the northeast region of the United States. Eventually, she moved to Plainsfield, New Jersey which she died on April 2, 1957.
At the start of Allender's activism work, she was active with the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). She continued participating in various committees and was invited with fourteen (14) other women to meet with President Woodrow Wilson in a suffrage delegation; previously featured suffragist, Jeannette Rankin (first woman to hold a federal position), was at the same delegation.
Allender was recruited into the Congressional Union of NAWSA by Alice Paul (perhaps a future featured suffragette?) and became the cartoonist and artist for the National Woman's Party. Paul also founded the suffrage periodical, The Suffragist, and had Allender as the lead cartoonist for their magazine. It is estimated that she produced almost three hundred (300) different political cartoons about suffrage. Below is a small selection of her cartoons from various points in the fight for the vote. You can view an archive of her works on the National Woman's Party site by clicking here.
"Our Hat in the Ring", 1916
A cover for the periodical, The Suffragist. The woman depicted is displaying a quote by then-president Woodrow Wilson; the drawing is stating that the quote should not only apply to men, but also women, in the country.
The quote in the cover on the left reads: "We shall fight for the things we have always carried nearest to our hearts, for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments" --W.W.
"Victory", a drawing for the periodical, The Suffragist, days after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which officially gave women the right to vote.