Original Author: Adèle Clark, designer; James Oppenheim, writer
Created: 1912
Medium: Postcard
Publisher: Library of Virginia

“Bread and Roses” Postcard

A 1912 postcard designed by Adèle Clark, a founding member of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, illustrates the final stanza of a poem by James Oppenheim titled "Bread and Roses." A rallying cry for social activism, that slogan was first used in a 1912 speech by the feminist labor leader Rose Schneiderman: "The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too." The poem, excerpted here, urges women to march for their rights and to be "No more the drudge and idler." The border surrounding the text features stalks of wheat and roses in full bloom.