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Polling Booth. Woman in mortar board stands beside a convict in his prison uniform. Captioned, Companions in Disgrace with an accompanying rhyme which begins, Convicts and Women kindly note, Are not allowed to have the vote. Rhyme by C.H (Clemence Housman?) Date: circa 1908

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Accompanying Allowed Begins Booth Captioned Clemence Companions Convict Convicts Disgrace Housman Kindly Mortar Note Polling Prison Rhyme Stands Suffrage Suffragette Suffragettes Vote Rights


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In this evocative photograph from circa 1908, a determined woman in a mortar board and gown stands proudly beside a convict in prison uniform at a polling booth. The image is captioned, "Companions in Disgrace," and is accompanied by a poignant rhyme penned by C.H. (presumably Clemence Housman). The rhyme reads, "Convicts and Women kindly note, Are not allowed to have the vote." This powerful image serves as a poignant reminder of the struggle for women's suffrage in the early 20th century. The suffragette movement, which advocated for women's right to vote, faced significant opposition and resistance from both the government and society at large. Women were often met with ridicule, harassment, and even imprisonment for their activism. The inclusion of a convict in the photograph underscores the idea that women, like convicts, were seen as second-class citizens and denied the fundamental right to participate in the democratic process. The image is a testament to the resilience and determination of the suffragettes, who continued to fight for their cause despite the many challenges they faced. This photograph is an important historical artifact, offering a glimpse into a pivotal moment in the fight for women's rights and suffrage. It serves as a reminder of the progress that has been made, as well as the ongoing struggle for gender equality that continues to this day.

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