The Cry of the Children

Cry of the children

Front text:

The cry of the children.


Printed and Published by the Artists’ Suffrage League,

259, King’s Road, Chelsea.


This postcard, The cry of the children’ shows a line of boys and girls carrying placards with the message ‘Vote for mammies’. The Museum of London write that in choosing this subject, it was a deliberate effort to counter the anti-suffrage view of suffragettes as women who have turned their back on the domestic duties of wives and mothers.

The postcard was designed by C. Hedley Charlton and published by the Artists’ Suffrage League. There are online versions of this card at the Museum of London and a coloured poster version at the Women’s Library. It is also featured in Kenneth Florey’s book Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia.

The title of the postcard may refer back to a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, entitled ‘The Cry of the Children‘ published in 1843. Her poem is about child labour and exploitation.

Cry - verso



    1. Hi, I don’t no. Sorry. I do have a couple of other cards by her: Franchise Cake and Polling Booth. Tickner’s super book The Spectacle of Women seems also to be very sketchy on details about the artist. Are you interested in her work?


      1. Hi – we believe that this was Charlotte who was part of my Father’s family. I’d love to know more about her links with the Suffrage Movement, especially as she never uses her first name in her work, but does use the more distinctive “Hedley Charlton” which is common throughout the family. She moved from the North of England to London in the late 1890s and never married.


      2. You might try contacting Elizabeth Crawford who has written extensively on the suffragettes. She has a WordPress site, Woman and her sphere. Good luck with your search. It’s very exciting.


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