During this session we have tried to explore the way women are illustrated over the years and the connection to various feminism waves and social views on the subject.

We analysed how feminism changed its purpose and goal over the years and in addition to that we were introduced to various illustrations from different eras, all of them showing the women from different and sometimes opposite point of view.

During the first wave of feminism for example, that occurred within the time period of the 19th and early 20th century throughout the world, in a time when women were seeking the right to vote through organized protest, some illustrators showed them like old and ugly hugs and sometimes they were compared them to lunatics and thieves; in other words people that by default didn’t have the right to vote. First wave feminism in general was social movement that was trying to overturn legal obstacles to gender equality, such as voting and property rights.

There is also the second wave feminism that first began in the early 1960s. During that period the debate has broadened to a wider range of issues such as sexuality, family, workplace etc. In other words de facto inequalities that until then were the status quo and something that was meant to stay that way.

In a more or less male-dominated society that is continuously changing over the years inevitably the struggles and the problems of women are evolving, but in essence they are always asking for the same as men and nothing more than that. We have to consider that nowadays the things and the values that we, modern generations, have experienced weren’t always there and established. The obstacles that women had to overcome over the years aren’t little and all the changes in their lives didn’t happen in one day. There are many more to come that’s for sure and illustration and art plays an important part to this.


Figure 36 Suffragettes Who Have Never Been Kissed, John Hassall (1907).


Barrón, A. (2016) What is feminism, really? This comic sums it up well. Available at: http://www.upworthy.com/what-is-feminism-really-this-comic-sums-it-up-well (Accessed: 8 December 2016).

admin (2012) History of feminism. Available at: http://historyoffeminism.com/anti-suffragette-postcards-posters-cartoons/ (Accessed: 8 December 2016).

Figure 36 Suffragettes Who Have Never Been Kissed, John Hassall (1907). Available at: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Figure+36+Suffragettes+who+have+never+been+kissed&client=firefox-b-ab&biw=1920&bih=971&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjFtN_uxeTQAhVLCsAKHb42DCUQ_AUICCgB#imgdii=EakVa_dNKcrbRM%3A%3BEakVa_dNKcrbRM%3A%3B3hjx1EQ2vzbVzM%3A&imgrc=EakVa_dNKcrbRM%3A (Accessed: 8 December 2016).

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