Remembering the struggle: Women fight for right to vote

Suffrage movement sash, circa 1912, on display at Clague House Museum.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal – Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States first began in the mid-1800s. For the supporters of this movement who wore a gold sash like the one pictured, the color of the silk fabric was as important as the words ”Votes For Women” printed in black.
 
During a campaign to pass a suffrage state referendum in Kansas in 1867, organizers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony adopted the state symbol – a sunflower – for visual recognition. The color gold was associated with the suffrage movement thereafter.

Nationally, women over 21 were first allowed to vote in Wyoming beginning in 1869, and in Utah from 1870. In Ohio, the state legislature approved women voting only in school board elections in the 1890s.

Although it took nearly 100 years, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to our Constitution finally gave women across the United States the right to vote in time for the 1920 presidential election.  

The Westlake Historical Society is proud to have this sash as a part of our historical collection. For more information on the society and the Clague House Museum, please see our website at www.westlakeohiohistory.org or call us at 440-808-1961.

Dave Pfister

Westlake Historical Society

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