Sashes were a key way for women to show support for the fight to gain equal voting rights. While they came in a variety of patterns and with different phrases, they were frequently worn at rallies, parades and speeches.
While all suffrage organizations in the United States adopted gold as one of the colors for the movement, the National Women’s Party combined it with purple and white to distinguish themselves while still advocating for women’s right to vote. In a December 6th, 1913 newsletter, this organization explained their rational: “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.” These three colors stood out against the traditional white dresses worn by suffragists during rallies and parades, further helping to distinguish them and bring attention to their cause.
Want to learn more about suffrage outfits? Join us at noon on Sunday, August 30 to learn about suffrage fashion with Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox.
Now it’s time to make your own sash to complete your outfit! You don’t need any special supplies and can make this sash at home with different things from around your house!
Proudly wear your sash around, take some pics, and don’t forget to tag us with #SuffrageBlockParty! We can’t wait to see your suffrage fashion statements durning the Suffrage Centennial Block Party.
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