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Nina Allender: Suffrage Cartoonist

April 14, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sketch of a woman in flowing robes holding a trumpet aloft.

"Call to the Women Voters: 'Stand By Your Disfranchised Sisters!'" Cartoon by Nina Allender. Courtesy National Woman's Party.

On April 14, journalist Ronny Frishman will share a virtual presentation on Nina Allender. One of only a handful of female political cartoonists in the early twentieth century, Allender played a vital role in the women's suffrage movement. Unafraid to criticize powerful men and challenge the status quo, she was recruited by the activist Alice Paul to be the “official cartoonist” of The Suffragist, the weekly newspaper of the National Woman's Party. Her suffragist, known as “the Allender girl,” was viewed as the period's ideal of the modern female agitator. Her cartoons captured national attention and influenced public opinion, leading to passage of the 19th Amendment and full voting rights for women.

Ronny Frishman spent more than 30 years writing for newspapers, magazines and other media, including The Finger Lakes Times and the Gannett Rochester Newspapers. She also taught journalism at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. More recently, she has undertaken a new challenge—sharing her storytelling with children and writing books for young readers. Her non-fiction middle-grade book, Nina Allender, Suffrage Cartoonist: With a Drawing Pencil She Helped Win the Vote for Women, was released last September.

The Lecture Series is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams fund for programs in the Humanities and is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, call the Geneva Historical Society office at 315-789-5151.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program will be presented virtually through Zoom and advance registration is required. To register click here. The necessary login information will be sent to you via email 24 hours prior to the program. For any problems with registration or to register by phone, call the Geneva Historical Society office at 315-789-5151. Registrations must be complete before 5:00 p.m. April 14, the day of the program.

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