October 9th Assignment

In my opinion, the most useful database is the Gender Studies data base. My project explores how the dialogue between the pro-women’s suffrage and anti-suffrage movements shaped conception of gender in early 20th century America. Both sides used various political cartoons and other forms of visual ephemera, such as postcards, to sway the public to support their causes. Therefore, this database is helpful because its contents already contain commentary on gender in a certain period or how it changed overtime. In comparison to other databases and digital archives, performing research is a much more streamlined process because I do not have to search for the words like gender”, “masculinity”, or “femininity” because most of the articles contain arguments about these subjects. Exploring this database allows me to gain a better picture of what has been argued about this topic and what remains unexplored. In this way, simple keyword searches in this database have been significantly helpful to me as I further determine the baseline for gender perception in the 1910s and determine how it changed after the 19th amendment’s ratification in 1919.

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4 thoughts on “October 9th Assignment”

  1. The Gender Studies database sounds like it is the perfect database for your project. It would be interesting to analyze how the public reacted to the different political cartoons and how that reaction changed over time.

  2. I wonder how articles within the Gender Studies database are selected to become a part of that database. How extensive does an article need to be in relation to Gender Studies to be in the database? If this was the only database you were going to focus your research topic on (which is not the case), could your research perhaps be limited in that way if the selection process seems too exclusive?

  3. This database seems really helpful! In my research I haven’t found a database devoted to one very small, specific topic like gender studies.

  4. This seems like a very interesting topic because you are exploring both pro-suffrage movements and anti-suffrage movements, instead of simply looking at the way feminists viewed women’s suffrage. Looking at the male point of view in particular would be intriguing to see what most of them thought of women’s suffrage and the reasoning for their opinions.

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