Her Hat Was in the Ring!
U.S.Women Who Ran for Political Office Before 1920
Cartoons and images of Belva A. Lockwood
Image from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine, September 30, 1884
|This page of cartoons about American women in politics comes from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine. In these illustrations women only have access to the political system through a man, stranger or family member. However, Belva Lockwood in the center of the pages appears as a serious and stately woman, a possible alternative for women to "Voting By Proxy" . The editor and owner of Frank Leslie's (from 1880-1902) was Miriam Leslie, an ardent supporter of woman's suffrage. Leslie made Carrie Chapman Catt the residuary legatee to a considerable fortune after her death, with the expectation that it would be used in the suffrage cause. The positive view of a woman presidential candidate in this magazine was one of the few in its day.