[n.p. [ca. 1880-1900.]. It is unclear when these folios were made, but the photo plates and signatures themselves are likely ca. 1880-1900. The sentiments that accompany the signatures are very brief. For example the Lucy Stone one reads: "Equal Rights for All;" and the Frances Willard one reads, “For God and Home and Native Land…October 19, 1883”. Four art board folios (11 x 13 in.), each with a photo plate and inscription clipping of a famous suffragist. Each clipping includes both a signature and a brief sentiment. The four suffragists are Frances Willard, Lucy Stone, Anna Howard Shaw, and Mary A. Livermore. Minor foxing to a couple of the sentiments. Otherwise fine condition. Cream-colored art board folios. Two are mounted on the board behind a plastic sheet and two are mounted without plastic. Item #17542
These four folios represent a group of women whose combined efforts played a central role in the women’s suffrage movement, the temperance movement, and first wave feminism in the United States. Lucy Stone (1818 – 1893) and Mary Livermore (1820 – 1905) were both founders of the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA), which was the rival organization to the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Anna Howard Shaw (1847 – 1919) was recruited into the NAWSA by Susan B. Anthony, though she had also been courted by Stone and by Frances Willard (1839 – 1898), the latter of whom sought Shaw’s membership in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Shaw became the vice president of the NAWSA in 1892 and the president in 1904, after the end of Carrie Chapman Catt’s tenure.