DECEMBER 25, 1873–APRIL 2, 1957
Nina Evans Allender was born in 1873 in Auburn, Kansas. Trained as a painter, she is best remembered for drawing pro women’s suffrage political cartoons. She became involved with the movement for women’s right to vote around 1912.
In 1914, well-known activist Alice Paul asked Allender to draw political cartoons for The Suffragist, a newspaper published by the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (later known as the National Woman’s Party). Allender agreed, and created one of the most famous icons of the women’s suffrage movement— the “Allender Girl.” Before Allender, suffragists were usually rendered by anti-suffrage male cartoonists as ugly, angry, and unmarried old women.
Allender drew her suffragists in a more positive light, depicting beautiful, graceful women who men in power could imagine as wives and mothers as well as suffragists. Although today we may wish these cartoons had been more inclusive of a broader variety of women, they were important at the time for fighting anti-suffrage stereotypes and popularizing a more attractive image for the movement.
Allender continued to work with the National Woman’s Party until she retired in 1946. She died in 1957 at age 85.
*This is an educational listing. If you would like to purchase Votes for Women products, below are links to our puzzles and flash cards!