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11.2.7 Eight million women wage earners in the United States. ... They need the vote.

Poster lists number of women employed in various industries and professions, including teaching, academia, domestic service, office work, factory work, and more.
National Woman Suffrage Publishing Co.
1917
Poster

Eight million women wage earners in the United States. ... They need the vote., New York, New York: National Woman Suffrage Publishing Co.,1917. Hoover Institution Archives, Poster collection. https://digitalcollections.hoover.org/objects/38488

This poster attempts to call attention to the importance of women’s suffrage from the perspective of work. Why, according to this poster, do female workers especially need the right to vote? Take a close look at the numbers of women who worked in specific industries; are there any jobs and corresponding numbers that surprise you? Some suffragists — especially in California — were connected with the labor movement because they viewed the importance of women earning higher wages and having access to safer jobs as a human right, just as they believed that voting was a human right. How does this document help us answer the question, Why did women want the right to vote, and how did they convince men to grant it to them?

This poster attempts to call attention to the importance of women’s suffrage from the perspective of work. Ask your students to read this poster with a critical eye by considering the following questions: Why, according to this poster, do female workers especially need the right to vote? Take a close look at the numbers of women who worked in specific industries; are there any jobs and corresponding numbers that surprise you? Some suffragists — especially in California — were connected with the labor movement because they viewed the importance of women earning higher wages and having access to safer jobs as a human right, just as they believed that voting was a human right. How does this document help us answer the question, Why did women want the right to vote, and how did they convince men to grant it to them?

EIGHT MILLION WOMEN WAGE-EARNERS IN THE UNITED STATES
THERE ARE

357,635 women teachers and professors
102,291 women in other professional work
328,935 women in laundries
1,624,522 women in hotels and domestic service
481,159 women in stores and offices
770,055 women farmers and farm laborers
1,362,753 women in factories and workshops, and over
2,500,000 women breadwinners in other lines of work
THEY NEED THE VOTE

National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, Inc., 171 Madison Avenue, New York