Nina Allender Cartoon

Date(s): 1914-1927
Material: Charcoal and Pen/Ink on paper

Nina Allender was the official cartoonist of the National Woman’s Party.  Between 1914 and 1927 she drew hundreds of cartoons depicting the suffragists and promoting the suffragist cause.  Many of these cartoons were published on the covers of the Suffragist and Equal Rights, weekly newspapers of the NWP.

The cartoons were political tools before television or social media.  They portrayed the reality of the fight; highlighting the attacks on picketers and the imprisonment of the suffragists.  These visuals reinforced the message of suffrage and spread the NWP story across the country.

These cartoons also countered the negative, masculine stereotype of the suffragist with a new image: the “Allender Girl.”  This new character was a slender, energetic, capable young woman who was committed to the cause and yet retained her feminine beauty.  Allender’s new depiction helped to change the popular image of the suffragist.

As one of the most influential political cartoonists of the time, Nina Allender captured the spirited struggle for woman’s suffrage as it happened and provided a unique window on this important chapter of women’s history.

Today the NWP collection includes more than 150 original political cartoons by Allender, reflecting on and responding to the ideas and events of the time.  Available in our online collection, these cartoons can also be seen in the exhibits at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.

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