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The Woman Suffrage Cook Book: Containing Throroughly Tested and Reliable Recipes for Cooking, Directions for the Care of the Sick, and Practical Suggestions, Contibuted Especially for This Work. Edited by Hattie A. Burr, printed by C. H. Simonds & Co., 1886.

The first overtly named suffrage cook book, this title contains recipes and household tips, from an impressive list of suffragists, including Lucy Stone, Frances Willard, and Matilda Joslyn Gage. With a mission to “advocate for the elevation and enfranchisement of woman”, it was created to be a fundraising tool and to appeal to women who were both in favor of suffrage and who ran their own households.


The Legal and Political Status of Women in the United States, Jennie L. Wilson, 1912.

This book is a reference guide to legal issues related to women across the United States, including marriage, the custody of children, age of consent, and property rights. Written eight years before its author could vote, the book served to education women about their existing rights. Jennie L. Wilson was a lawyer, and a member of the Iowa Bar Association. To read this book freely online via Harvard University Library, visit here.

Some Strange History, James Etheridge Callaway and Ida Husted Harper, 1918.


A Winning Team: Pat and Dick Nixon's political button, 1968.


Joint Discussion on Woman Suffrage invitation, 1913.


Kemp Hosiery advertisement, Rochester, NY.

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