The age of brass. or the triumphs of Woman's rights

The age of brass. or the triumphs of Woman's rights

"The age of brass. or the triumphs of Woman's rights", an 1869 lithograph print published by Currier and Ives (152 Nassau St., New York).

This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3a04616.

Episode academic description

This is a satirical caricature of the possible consequences of giving women the vote. The two candidates "Susan Sharp-tongue the Celebrated Man-Tamer" (dressed in circus-performer costume) and "Miss Hangman for Sheriff" canvass for women's votes (in 1869 women couldn't vote anywhere in the United States, except as a newly-established experimental innovation in the remote territory of Wyoming). At the right, a sharp-featured woman brandishes a fist threateningly at her husband, who holds the baby. In the 1860s chignons were a fashionable hairstyle worn by most women and often supplemented with a roll of artificial hair. The artist has caricatured this hairstyle.