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This update features thirteen new biographies in celebration of Women’s History Month. It includes the suffragists Nina Allender, Margaret Foley, and Rose Winslow; novelist and playwright Neith Boyce; Winnebago artist and educator Angel De Cora; Olympic gold medal winner Alice Coachman; Maria Gertrudes “La Tules” Barceló, a nineteenth-century saloon owner.
Nina Allender (1872–1957) merged art and activism to have a lasting effect on the women’s suffrage movement. Allender’s art aimed to entertain, but the imagery also provided important commentary on politics, race, and gender. She also collaborated with Alice Paul to promote the National Woman’s Party’s positions in her illustrations. Allender carved out new space for professional female artists and activists within social movements and in public life. Her work challenged decades of negative anti-suffrage cartoons and advanced a new (and lasting) stereotype of suffragists as fashionable, young, white women.