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14 Wonderfully Sassy Vintage Valentines From Suffragists

All they wanted for Valentine's Day was votes for women. H/T to Renee Davidson at the League of Women Voters.

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In the 1910s, American suffragists would take advantage of holidays including Valentine's Day to send postcards to politicians and loved ones advocating for votes for women.

14 February also happens to be the day that suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters in 1920. What could be more romantic than fundamental political rights?

1. This valentine from 1916 was meant to explain to men that supporting votes for women could only make them sexier.

I mean, obviously.
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I mean, obviously.

2. This one pretty much just says IDGAF 💁

3. Mhm.

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4. The Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage sent this valentine to President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. The little hearts the women carry are votes.

"Will you be our Valentine if we will be your Valentines"?
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"Will you be our Valentine if we will be your Valentines"?

5. This one is pure shade.

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6. Whereas this one is all about the sass.

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💘💅

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7. This poem is so much more romantic than your standard roses are red / violets are blue fare.

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8. "Oh, you love me? OK, about that..."

"Yeah I'm gonna need some democratic rights tbh."
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"Yeah I'm gonna need some democratic rights tbh."

9. Edward William Pou was a Democratic Representative for North Carolina described as an "arch enemy" to the suffragettes, aka an "arch douchebag".

It reads: "The rose is red / The violets blue / But VOTES are / Better Mr Pou".Nailed it.
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It reads: "The rose is red / The violets blue / But VOTES are / Better Mr Pou".

Nailed it.

10. This postcard was designed by the Campbell Art Company in 1915 for the National Woman Suffrage Association.

"Sry babe, first things first."
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"Sry babe, first things first."

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11. Honestly, you wouldn't mess with this girl.

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12. This one's actually a trolly non-suffragette valentine.

Boo.

13. This one's a bit Fifty Shades-meets-chaining-yourself-to-the-rainings-in-political-protest.

Oh my.

14. This one went to the Democratic Representative from Texas, Robert Lee Henry.

Flattery is key.
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Flattery is key.