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Accessories of Suffrage: Political Brooches and Unifying Colors

Accessories of Suffrage: Political Brooches and Unifying Colors

In honor of the Women’s March that took place this month on January 24, 2018, I thought it would be only fitting to highlight some pieces of Women’s Suffrage jewelry and accessories. The chief concern of the suffragettes, and in fact, the definition of the word, was to obtain the right to vote through organized protest. Women had been campaigning for the right to vote since before the American Civil War, both in the United States and abroad, but it wasn’t until the early 20th century that the movement gained serious traction. Most of the examples of suffragette jewelry and accessories I’ve found are from the United States and the United Kingdom, but of course, there have been suffrage movements throughout the world and are likely other such global examples of accessories as well. Two museums in particular with great collections of these objects are the National Museum of American History and the Museum of London. The Museum of London is currently exhibiting “Votes for Women,” iconic objects from their Suffragette collection, Feb. 2, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019, and is available to view online here.

 

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Suffragettes Selling Votes for Women Newspapers

Photo, 1908, Museum of London, 2003.46/149

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Suffragette Dressed for an Agenda

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“Mr. President How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty” reads the sign held by the #suffragette in front of the White House during the #1917 women’s protest. Her A-line skirt, low heeled shoes, and lightly adorned hat convey a sense of practical femininity. She is in keeping with the trends of the 19-teens but with sensible modifications for a woman with an agenda.

-Danielle Morrin

#fashionhistory#fashionnerd #womensprotest #womensrights // photo from Extraordinary Women Journalists by Claire Price-Groff