These unbelievable postcards come from the early 1900s, and they were actually used as a propaganda to stop women from having more rights. The idea of women’s rights was not only disagreeable for many men, but it was downright dangerous.
Although the Suffragettes tirelessly fought to change the status quo, propaganda postcards like the ones you will see below were produced. Professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Northern Iowa Catherine H. Palczewski has been collecting them for the last 15 years, and they portray the idea of change as something to be feared, not embraced.
The postcards promote women’s rights as an attack on the family’s values, and as an attempt to ‘invade’ the man’s place in the society. Even though we still have a long road to go before women have the same rights in the society as men, the postcards serve to remind us how far we’ve come in a period of just 100 years!