Anti-Suffrage Postcard

We have this original anti-suffrage postcard in our Women's Suffrage Collection.

In 1908 the Women’s National Anti-Suffrage League was founded, and over the next ten years it opened more than one hundred branches. It was opposed to women being granted the vote in British parliamentary elections.

It later merged with the Men’s League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage.

This postcard is typical of some of the images from their campaigns. They frequently focused on the idea that women should be attending to domestic and child-rearing roles, and often depicted worn-out and fed up men attempting to carry domestic chores.

They also often suggested that women were incapable of also possessing political knowledge or being able to manage voting alongside running a home. Often the images show suffrage campaigners as bitter, unmarried and unattractive.