Paul Binnie Votes for Women of 1950

Paul Binnie “Votes for Women of 1950” artwork
This print represents the year 1950 and is the 6th in the series and the halfway point. Fujin no Ippyó (Votes for Women), like some earlier prints marks advances for women in Japan in the last century, such as universal literacy (1900) and women's higher education (1910). Universal suffrage was introduced after the Second World War, and indeed the immediate post-war years saw an influx of women into politics in larger numbers even than today. The young woman in the current print is wearing a yellow kimono with abstract design typical of the 1950s, and has bobbed hair, another popular style at the time, while her obi is decorated with a design reminiscent of atomic models. She is in a polling booth, in the midst of casting her vote, and the paneled partition is rendered in woodgrain and shading, as is the highly polished table top.
Paul Binnie
Paul Binnie
Votes for Women of 1950
Japanese title
1950-nen no Fujin no ippyō 一九五〇年の婦人の一票
Series title
Flowers of a Hundred Years
Japanese series title
Hyakunen no Hana 百年の華
Colour woodblock print on paper
Paper dimensions (h × w)
47 × 33.2 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
Edition size
Artist's proofs
Catalogue number
149 (L160)
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