Votes Handicapped tea towel


At the time the Suffragettes were campaigning, most people in the UK were against women getting the vote. This meant the movement had to be able to resonate with many women. Campaigning could not simply be about political equality, it was had to demonstrate how everyday lives of women – in the household, at work, on the street – would be made better through suffrage. One form of outreach came from organising competitions, and here we have a tea towel based on the winning entrant in a competition organised by the Artists' Suffrage League in 1909. The artist was Duncan Grant, and the poster depicts a woman on a simple row boat, struggling in high waves, while a privileged man relaxes on a sailboat with his sail labelled ‘votes’. The Houses of Parliament can be seen in the background. These attempts were successful too – ‘Handicapped’ became one of the most popular posters of the suffrage campaign. Now it’s a colourful historical gift for the modern feminist!


Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.