Better Babies [suffrage pamphlet]


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Better Babies [suffrage pamphlet]


National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) pamphlet on how woman suffrage improves children's health.
Cover editorial cartoon by Rose O'Neill. Originally published in The Woman VoterMay 1916.

Text excerpts: 

"300,000 babies die every year in the United States before they are one year old.

The death of a baby in at least 50 per cent. of the cases is due to preventable causes.

Five times as many babies die in crowded tenement districts as in a well-to-do quarter of a city. Lack of air and sunshine, poor food, bad sanitation, overwork of the mothers, both before and after marriage, above all ignorance on the part of the mother, are responsible for most of these deaths....

Isn't it evident that when mothers are represented in govenment and their opinions and interests are consulted, babies have a better chance? Isn't it proved that women with the ballot do not neglect their home and babies?

Giving the ballot to women not only helps them to do their own work more effectively, but actually increases the wealth of the nation."


M 9 Box 49, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, Inc., New York


c. 1916-1917


Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


This item is in the public domain. Acknowledgement of the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.


Learn more: 

Women's Suffrage: The Movement, Social Welfare History Project

Wielding the Pen: Editorial Cartooning for Social Reform, Social Welfare History Image Portal 

Suffrage, Social Welfare History Image Portal 

Women cartoonists, Social Welfare History Image Portal 


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