Children and Work


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This July 13, 1912 Woman's Journal cartoon makes a very explicit point: women need the right to vote so they can save other women from prostitution ("white slavery") and create better working conditions for all workers, especially for children.

What are the most effective parts of this cartoon? How would you describe the women and children huddled behind the statuesque woman appealing for the vote? What are these people wearing? What are they doing? What about the silhouette of the city in the background? Why would the artist have presented the city like that?