Synopses & Reviews
The fight for women's rights has been one of the great struggles of our century, and its graphic expression has been central to this battle. Suffragettes to She-Devils
captures the excitement of revolutionary campaigns and movements, from the vibrant visual identity of the militant Suffragettes, through the humour and sniping of the cartoons of 1960s Women's Lib, to the virtual-reality explorations of end-of-the-century cyberfeminists. It explores the developing role of graphics and related media in the struggle for women's liberation.
This book covers a wide and international range of issues including women and war work; 1950s consumerism; women's rights in the workplace; gay rights and gay pride; and questions of identity, race, violence, health and welfare. An enormous variety of posters, billboards, publications, logos, artworks and computer graphics are illustrated, reflecting the ways in which women of all ages and cultures have created avenues for communication and fostered social change through graphic design.
"Poignant, bold, pushy, funny, and heartrending." Ms.
"A graphics source book of immense scholarly depth." Design Week
"Don't wait for the paperback: buy it in glorious hardback and savour every page." Time Out
"A fascinating and thought-provoking journey through visual feminist publishing and activity. Humour pervades much of the book, which is reassuring since humour is not an emotion that many people associate with feminism. Every home should have a copy." Creative Review
"This visual history of feminism is a must for anyone interested in graphic design as an agent of change, or for any woman interested in her own story." Elle Decoration
This work charts the use of graphics and related media in the struggle for women's liberation and women's rights this century. It encompasses many of the associated issues that have surrounded these movements, as well as some of the attacks launched against them.
About the Author
Liz McQuiston divides her time between graphic design practice, teaching and writing. She is the author of Graphic Agitation: Social and Political Graphics since the Sixties.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Germaine Greer
Chapter 1: Promises of Emancipation
From First Wave Feminism to the 1960s
Chapter 2: Revolution
The Womens Liberation Movement, or Second Wave Feminism
Chapter 3: The Angry Years of Conservatism
Activism and Backlash
Chapter 4: New Feminism, New Technology, New Directions
Fighting Back and Looking to the Future
Chapter 5: The International Womens Movement
Woman Organize and Take Action
Notes and Selected Bibliography