The National Woman’s Party (NWP) Photograph Collection boasts a rich catalog of over 5,000 prints and photographs chronicling the trajectory of the woman’s suffrage and equal rights movements.
The collection captures the who, what, when, and where of the US women’s equality movement with photographs of key players, critical events, and historic venues. Ranging from 1887 to the present day, the images document the members and political activities of the NWP; the push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment; the formation of the World Woman’s Party and the various locations of the NWP Headquarters.
In particular, the collection highlights the aggressive political tactics and maneuvering the NWP employed from 1916 to 1920. The NWP proved masters of media, utilizing sharply worded banners, political symbols, and colorful regalia to stage visually charged protests. Photography agencies with a political focus, such as Harris & Ewing, shot many of the photographs featuring the suffrage parades, pickets, arrests, and hunger strikes. The publicity generated from these images brought attention to the cause on a national and, eventually, international scale.
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