A Fit for the “Ladies League”

A Fit for the “Ladies League”

Title: A Fit for the “Ladies League”
Year: 1863

Creator: Howard Del, Vanity Fair

Description: Lincoln holds a pair of large trousers to three women who are holding scrolls that say “My Speech, ” and “Speech.” During the war, many women’s rights organizations were lobbying for the right to free speech. These women in the cartoon are not wearing the typical hoop skirts, signifying that they are advocates of women’s rights.

Mr. Lincoln, (to Mrs. Mannikins, of the “Business Committee”). “Well, Ma’am, as the articles you wear don’t seem to large enough for you, I have the honor to present you, by the advice of Mrs. Lincoln, with a pair of mine. They may seem rather large; but, at the rate at which you are progressing, you’ll fill them very well by and by!”

URL: http://gettysburg.cdmhost.com/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/p4016coll2&CISOPTR=174&REC=8