Borrowing from our Foremothers

Modern Day Usage of Suffragist Visual Rhetoric

Borrowing from our Foremothers: Modern Day Usage of Suffragist Visual Rhetoric will explore the distinct physical attributes of the suffragist and women’s liberation movements from the 1970s to the present. It focuses on five visual action strategies suffragists created and women’s rights advocates re-constructed: the choosing and re-choosing of Seneca Falls as a starting place, orchestrating public parades and protests for maximum visual exposure, the wearing of traditional gendered paraphernalia, planning national women’s conventions and conferences, and designing nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century woman sculptures. Borrowing from our Foremothers is slated for 2020 publication–the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment. It will be a valuable addition to women’s studies, American history, and political science courses and provide engaged reading for the general public.