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This postcard, captioned 'The Appeal of Womanhood' was designed by Harold Bird to announce an anti-suffrage meeting at the Royal Albert Hall organised by the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage. The central figure represents a 'Womanly Woman': wearing a feminine dress and flowers in her hair, she politely refuses the vote. Behind her a suffragette depicted as the 'hysteric' or the 'shrieking sister', inelegantly leaping towards parliament brandishing a hammer. The postcard was sent to Lillian M Slade in 1912. The suffrage artist Louis Jacobs's later designed a riposte to Bird's representation. Her poster, also entitled 'The Appeal of Womanhood', and published by the Suffrage Atelier shows a similar figure to Bird's 'womanly woman' apealling for the vote. 1912.
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