Friday, February 12, 2010

In History: Hubertine Auclert

This is the 12th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Hubertine Auclert, who lived from 1848 to 1914, was a French feminist and worked most of her life to get women not just the right to vote, but also the right to run for office. In 1876, Auclert founded Société le droit des femmes (The Rights of Women), which later became Société le suffrage des femmes (Women's Suffrage Society). She did things like "launch a tax revolt, arguing that without representation women should not be subjected to taxation." That was in 1880. In 1908, she smashed a ballot box.

On Feb. 13, 1881, Auclert launched "La Citoyenne," a feminist publication that she published for the next 10 years, until she ran out of money. The cartoon below is from the cover of an issue of "La Citoyenne," and according to this site, it says:

"Under a banner saying 'Universal Suffrage', a man and a woman place their votes into an electoral urn. The man votes for war, the woman for peace. On the urn is written 'World peace, social harmony and well-being of humanity will only exist when women get the vote and are able to help men make the laws.' Beneath the picture it says, 'Woman will only really become a female citizen when she has her full rights.'" 

It doesn't get much truer than that.

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