Consider Suffragetto, a game about police violence and women. Above is the game box and below is the game board followed by the rules. Published in 1908, it focused on the fighting between Suffragettes and police. The point of the game was for the women to make it to the House of Commons without being thrown back by the police.Numerous women were arrested during protests. Some who engaged in hunger strikes were force fed by the police. Others went to the hospital after being beaten. The game attempted to reflect the ongoing conflict by including a hospital area on one side of the board and a police station on the other.
For their part, suffragists realized early on the power of the newsreel, pioneered in the U.S. in 1911 by Pathé. Filmed marches and demonstrations spread the word about women’s suffrage much better than suffragists “giving speeches to each other in public.” But newsreels were double-edged: the same footage of a huge 1912 suffrage parade in New York found its way into an anti-suffrage film and the movement’s own Votes for Women (1912).