Times are a-changing and nowadays it is easy to take our ability to vote for granted. However, it's really not that long ago since our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had to go through some serious abuse to win that right. Just a century ago, suffrage was a highly divisive and controversial issue in Western society.

It's always scary to challenge the status quo and these postcards from the early 20th century are a perfect illustration of that. In them, you can see the frustration of men and women alike, who were afraid of change and thought that granting women the right to vote will somehow ruin the world and the progress that was made. Sadly, these mocking images still look vaguely familiar even in today's context where feminists (sometimes even referred to as feminazis) are depicted as irrational, neurotic and even abusive. Scroll down below to see the full list of illustrations and don't forget to vote for the ones you like (erm, hate?) the most.

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Kaisu
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7 months ago

That's the dream!

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Kaisu
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7 months ago

Yes I'm sure housework is the most terrible suffering these men could imagine, they wouldn't have ever handled being glorified objects the way women had to

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Kaisu
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7 months ago

Oh the horror of men having to take care of their own children

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Sandy Gilliland
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7 months ago

The reason these posters, like this one, were made is because this is the way the men acted toward women and were TERRIFIED to have it come back to THEM!

NCC~1701
Community Member
7 months ago

YES. I wish people would realize that

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spatula
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7 months ago

The irony of these is that they're just sticking women into the roles that the men were doing, so it kind of just shows how ridiculous men were.

Bobby's Girl
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7 months ago

Many still are.

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ZoeIsHahaha
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7 months ago

No one said that men would be stripped of their right to vote!

Ivana
Community Member
7 months ago

I love how they were trying to fight the vote by saying, "You don't want your wife treating you the way you treat her do you?" What if our wives had interesting lives and saw the outside of their home and we were forced so touch our kids????

Lois Hoffer
Community Member
7 months ago

And when only men vote and their places are exactly exchanged, somehow that's perfectly ok?!

Bettye McKee
Community Member
7 months ago

What men feared. They must have been very insecure.

Jodie Johnson
Community Member
7 months ago

Still are, just ask Miles.

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Martha Meyer
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7 months ago

Funny how they never noticed that they were doing EXACTLY this to their women. But this way around it was somehow not bad in their eyes.

Jo Choto
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7 months ago

I am just stunned by the irony that these images reverse roles yet completely fail to acknowledge how unfair the current roles are.

Ellie
Community Member
7 months ago

And yet it was normal for women to do it because they are less important as human beings?

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
7 months ago

Were the men drawing these aware that this is how a lot of women viewed them? No?

James Thompson
Community Member
7 months ago

This is the same tactic used to justify and encourage racism and racist policies today. Basically, telling people that is oppressed groups are allowed equal rights, then our way of life will be affected, and/or the oppressed people will return the favor in kind. If you watch you'll see this tactic deployed all over certain political talk shows and campaigns.

Christina Sersif
Community Member
7 months ago

Because this is exactly what women wanted when they wanted to vote. Sheesh men back then were idiots

Paula Hannon
Community Member
7 months ago

My Dad said he used to darn his own socks must've been the god damn feminists fault... or just cause they were poor.

Lucky Lola
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7 months ago

Well 12pm is midday. What a bunch of part timers!

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Kaisu
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7 months ago

I'm sure she wishes the same

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blugeagua
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7 months ago

What kind of misogynistic bullshit is this? Wow

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Zaerhin Sk
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7 months ago

Then maybe don't have as 10 kids? Ever thought about that?

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JOHANNA MUELLER
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7 months ago

Oh no she’s wearing pants

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Andrew Park
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7 months ago

I love how pretty much any comments made by men that is making fun or finding humor in some of these posters (and lets face it, some of these faces look hilarious) are getting downvoted, as if they agree with the poster or something. You know we can disagree with the message wholeheartedly and still find these antiquated drawings hilarious looking.

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Bettye McKee
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7 months ago

These were purposefully exaggerated by men to spread the fear that they were losing control of their women.

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Kaisu
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7 months ago

Don't worry, women don't want to take away men's right to vote like men did with women!

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Zaerhin Sk
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7 months ago

Hm, sounds like a good one

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earringnut
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7 months ago

Oh, the humanity! He has to eat cold meet.

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Karen Klinck
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7 months ago

Good for her!

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Esther
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7 months ago

Men were so afraid that women will take away their right to vote. Just like men were voting for women before we had the right to vote ourselves. Pathetic.

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ZoeIsHahaha
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7 months ago

All men are created equal...

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ZoeIsHahaha
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7 months ago

So they're fine with women doing these things, but when men do it, the world is over? I guess men in those times were really bad at doing those things.

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How Terribly Unfortunate
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7 months ago

So they only care about men having to do these things. 😕

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Tifferooski
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7 months ago

God forbid you take care of your own child. Makes my husband look like a saint.

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spatula
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7 months ago

This is a great poster for women too! Who wants that guy?

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NCC~1701
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7 months ago

Can they not take turns watching the children to go vote. I don’t understand. Most voting places are open all day.

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Karen Klinck
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7 months ago

You were either a mother or a whore. There was no other recognized position.

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Andrew Park
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7 months ago

I don't get the whole thing about ham and mustard. Does this have to do with men cooking or something? Again, this poster make needs to go back to poster school.

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How Terribly Unfortunate
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7 months ago

What's the problem?

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sylvanticx
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7 months ago

why does the house need only one head?

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ZoeIsHahaha
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7 months ago

Fighting for equal rights is work too

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Magpie
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7 months ago

Oh no! He might have to pay attention to "his" children.

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Louise Brigance
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7 months ago

HUH! According to many this is still what awaits women who go "professional". Despite the fact it takes two people working to make ends meet, don't encourage a woman to have a profession!

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Zaerhin Sk
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7 months ago

Omg, WTF WAS WRONG WITH THOSE PEOPLE?!

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Chris DiFonso
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7 months ago

What is especially horrible is that the men, who were repressing women, portrayed themselves as the victims!

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