Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: Media Literacy

Media Map

"No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion."
— Carrie Chapman Catt, speech to the Senate Select Committee on Woman Suffrage, Feb. 13, 1900

Welcome! Use this map to explore how the women's suffrage movement — and the people who opposed it — tried to influence public opinion. Explore artifacts from billboards and cards to buttons and cartoons. You'll uncover the wide array of tools and tactics each side used to spread its message, and you'll see how geography and other factors shaped the form and content of their communication.

  • Click on a pin to bring up an artifact, or scroll through all of the artifacts on the right side of the map.
  • Click on "View larger image" in the right-hand column to read each front page.
  • Pin location indicates where the artifact was made or used. Zoom in to see all the artifacts from New York City and Boston. Note that artifacts of unknown origin have been placed in the Atlantic.
  • Learn how to make and share your own advocacy artifact.