As the 2016 election draws closer and Hillary Clinton gets her chance to become America’s first female president, it’s easy to — as Michelle Obama recently noted — “take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
But there was a time, not even 100 years ago, that a woman simply voting for president seemed like a pipe dream. It wasn’t until 1920 that women in the United States were given the right to vote — and even that came only after decades of agitation and activism.
Those activists, suffragettes, were not simply up against a prejudiced legal system, but — as the following vintage posters show — a culture unready to grant women greater rights.
Next, see some of the most arresting photos of the women's suffrage movement.