Woman Suffrage Fan

Woman Suffrage Fan

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Paper fans were a popular method of advertising in the early 20th century. This one was issued by the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association to support a 1915 state referendum to give Massachusetts women the vote. The map highlights the states in which women already had the vote - Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington, California, Kansas, Oregon, Arizona, Montana, and Nevada. The reverse of the fan reads, “Keep Cool!/There will be nothing/to worry about after we get/VOTES FOR WOMEN/Election Day November 2.” The Massachusetts referendum failed. Massachusetts women did not gain the vote in until the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920.
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Object Name
associated institution
Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association
associated person
Park, Alice
associated place
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
yellow (overall color)
paper (overall material)
paper (map material)
overall: 12 1/2 in x 7 in x 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 17.78 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Library of Congress
Women's Suffrage
Women's Rights
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Woman Suffrage
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Hi - I was lucky enough to visit and view this fan while touring colleges with my daughter in 2019. I was thrilled to see it as I also have one. I purchased it at an antique shop about 30 years ago. I’m not sure how rare they are but it certainly is special to me.

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