This tea towel is based on a cartoon by the artist Henry Mayer published in the humor magazine Puck in 1915 in support of efforts to amend the New York State constitution to allow equal voting rights for women. In Western states, women already had the right to vote. The cartoon portrays the Eastern states’ desire for suffrage as an ‘awakening’. A referendum was held on an amendment to the New York constitution, but it failed.
Only in 1920 was the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution ratified giving the right to vote to all citizens, regardless of sex.