Suffrage Sashes For Women’s Rights
Sashes, like many things, were once the badge of honor bestowed on men and only men. Men who distinguished themselves in men only societies, in warfare, and because of their lineage were once the only people who were allowed to wear sashes.
The ancient Romans celebrated female deities like Artemis and their depiction of the concept of Liberty as female figures with sashes. Eugène Delacroix’s eternally famous painting of Liberty Leading the People is one of the first depiction of a woman as a symbolic leader for freedom. Liberty wears the red sash that the symbol of the French people embracing democracy over tyranny.
The fight for the right to vote for women was bedecked with sashes. Suffragettes from across Europe, the United States, Australia, throughout South America, Russia, and even in modern male dominated societies used sashes to attract attention and promote the cause of women’s right to vote since 1700 until today.
One of the most poignant depictions of the earnestness of women’s desire to vote is a photograph of 19-year-old Fay Hubbard selling suffragette magazines to a man in New York City in 1910. She could not have voted before 1970 but her sash that doubled as a magazine holder proclaimed her determination to win her rights.
Suffrage sashes For Women’s Rights have become a thematic representation of women’s continuing struggle for equality in rights and income. The prominence of sashes worn by so many women in the 2017 Women’s March on Washington celebrated the history of women who fight for a better life.
A simple sash has become an emblem of a growing movement among women and men. The most common sash seen at the 2017 Women’s March on Washington was a simple pink with navy blue lettering that became a symbol of the turmoil that recent events and elections have produced in the country.
Many women made their own sash. Quite a few women wore a multitude of sashes in an exuberant display of the need to be heard and listened to. The Suffrage Sashes For Women’s Rights were so inspirational to women across the country that the Smithsonian approached one woman who came to the march in a bus from Pennsylvania and asked her to donate her sash to be added to the Smithsonian archives.
The sashes were a collaborative effort for fundraising between one of the leaders of the Philadelphia group, Jessie and Thirty Seven West, for the purpose of paying for buses and associated expenses. Some of those funds were used to pay for the transportation of women who could not justify the expense at the moment.The Philadelphia group raised over $24,000.00 in one month on the sales of sashes purchased from Thirty Seven West. They were priced for a fundraiser.
Women were clamoring for more sashes once they found out they were available. Orders are still coming in for a keepsake sash of the March in Washington and other cities. The sashes from this single event have become collector’s items. If you want your own commemorative piece of history, or to purchase sashes in bulk to use as a fundraiser for the Women’s March associated event, click here.
A group from Colorado, passionately led by Heather, proudly wore white sashes printed brightly in blue, red and yellow in Washington, DC that were co created with Thirty Seven West. The sashes were sold and raised over $2,500 in two weeks. Brightly colored with the Colorado flag, the sashes also display the familiar official icon of the three women’s silhouettes generously created and donated by Big Monocle to be used for the purpose of fundraising and identification for the Women’s March. Women’s March sashes from the largest demonstration of the power of women ever seen in the world have become treasured memorabilia. The sashes from local marches are just as precious to the participants.
These sashes are not simply mementos of a march or a person’s participation in the march. The Suffrage Sashes For Women’s Rights symbolize the long, painful, and frequently deadly struggle that women have had for equality and recognition of all of their rights. The sashes will always be a reminder of a single day and an inspiration to the participants and their daughters to continue the fight begun by suffragettes more than 300 years ago.