Once women had the vote, would-be members of Parliament paid attention to them. In this 1896 cartoon, those seeking election are wooing the tailoresses. The long caption reads:
Why don’t the tailoresses rise up and make a clean sweep of the vote-touters who are making such political capital at their expense? The tailoresses are not social outcasts nor are they homeless girls. They neither seek nor require charity.
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