Suffrage Cat


“Suffrage Cat,” 60″x60,” encaustic mixed media, 2020, $24,900



In 1916, in order to publicize the movement to give women the vote, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke drove across the US in a two-seater car nicknamed the Golden Flyer. According to the press, the car looked like “a little yellow ant scuttling off through the crowds of limousines and autotrucks which lined the streets.”
Stopping to speak in states from Maryland to California, the women were accompanied only by Saxon, a black kitten that they adopted on route. Named for the manufacturer of their car, Saxon would hide in the shade while the women spoke in the sun in support of suffrage.
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