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NAWSA Votes for Women Playing Cards

Votes for Women Playing Cards

National American Woman Suffrage Association
Purchase, Charles Jackson Fund, 2016

Commercial products, such as these cards, were widely sold to legitimize the suffragist cause and raise money. Pro-suffrage organizations used everyday objects and nonthreatening advertising to neutralize anxieties about the effect women’s enfranchisement might have on traditional family values. But for some anti-suffragists, the link between playing cards and gambling validated the notion that suffrage was a “menace to social reform” and only sought by those of ill repute with uncivilized intentions.