Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas gift and giveaway

The book, An Anti-Suffrage Alphabet is a bit misleading.  It wasn't actually published in Britain by Antis but created by the Women's Social And Political Union (WPSU) as a fundraiser for Christmas 1911.  The book featured different aspects of women's subordination to men in society.  The images were actually stenciled and printed individually for folks who ordered them:



Doesn't it make you wonder how many Antis bought this thinking they were going to get propoganda that suited their perspective?

Beth and I are in the holiday spirit so we are featuring another giveaway.  You have until Friday to comment on our blog.  We are giving away John Q. Adams book Quilting Beyond Neutrals:  Quilts Inspired by Nature's Elements with some fabric and other goodies in the package!
We are well aware that many of you are finishing Christmas presents but we chose this book because most quilters share a commonality after the holidays.  We like to clean up our sewing rooms and then use up scraps and this book is a perfect tool for scrap quilts!  Just leave a comment and we'll get put your names in our suffrage hat to randomly choose a winner!

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

You need a hat.

Suffrage Hats

It shouldn't be surprising that suffragists promoted certain fashion attire.  Hats seemed to be a particular favorite of 20th suffragists and were part of a normal woman's attire.

British Suffragette hat, 1911

Of course American women wore hats for the cause.  However, the price of the hat depended on where you lived.
This hat was advertised for the New York suffrage parade on May 4, 1912.  The price in Arkansas and Washington D.C. was 28 cents.  It was much more expensive in Kentucky at 38 cents:


And even higher in Ohio:

After the parade was held, a new 37 cent hat became the rage:

The idea of wearing the same hat was more about uniformity; the message--not the clothing--was important.

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1913 Suffrage Parade in New York

The 1915 hat, adorned only with a ribbon of suffrage colors was to be worn in the October 1915 New York parade.  No price was listed.

In May of 1916, more hats were advertised:
Note the price differences in the two hats.  However, a month later, newspapers across the country listed the NAWSA hat at 25 cents.



Not sure if this is the same hat listed above but it was worn by suffrage protesters to parade at the same time as the Republican Convention:

Nina Allender was the illustrator for The Suffragist, the newspaper published by the National Woman's Party.  She often used elements of the movement as metaphors in her illustrations:

Have a great day and you may need a hat today, it's supposed to be cold!



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Detroit, MI: Sewing for the Cause!

Mrs.  Brotherton of Detroit, Michigan had two problems.  She needed an extensive set of napkins hemmed by hand for her daughter's upcoming wedding and she needed to raise money for the suffrage cause.  

Mrs. B. combined the problems.  "I'm having a suffrage sewing bee and paying my guests to come and sew for me--see to it that every cent I pay, goes into the suffrage society treasury."


The guests had a wonderful time and apparently enjoyed a delicious gateaux (rich cake).  The women made up little ditties as they sewed.  Here is my favorite:

"I've met some noble Williams,
And some dashing chaps named Will.
But the boy who'll conquer Lansing yet, 
is just plain suffrage Bill."

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Kate Heffelfinger

One hundred and two years ago, Silent Sentinel Kate Heffelfinger was released from the Occocquan Workhouse.  It was Kate's 28th birthday.
Like many of the prisoners who had partaken in the hunger strike and then forcibly fed, Kate was so weak that she had to be assisted to the automobile.

Despite the ordeal, she continued to picket and was an active member of the National Woman's Party from 1917-1919.  After the 19th Amendment was passed she ran for State Representative in 1920; she did not win that race.

Kate Heffelefinter (1889-1958)

Born in Shamokin Pennslyvania, Kate wrote for the NWP, and organized suffrage support in Pennsylvania and other states.  

Kate never married and developed health problems as the years passed.  After her mother's death in 1940, Kate's mental health began to deteriorate as well.  It is quite likely that she suffered PTSD and the trauma of losing her mother triggered her psychological problems afterwards.  I ran this theory by my friend Chris who is a Psychologist and he said her story suggested that as well.  Kate passed away in the Danville Mental Hospital in 1958.

Happy Birthday Kate Heffelfinger.  You are not forgotten.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Happy Birthday Mary H. Ingham!

Mary H. Ingham (1866-1937)

By 1917, there were two rivaling suffrage groups--the more conservative NAWSA (National American Woman Suffrage Association) and the more militant NWP (National Woman's Party).  Mary Hall Ingham was a leader for Pennsylvania's branch of the NWP.

A Bryn Mawr graduate, she was a supporter of suffrage, had campaigned for Teddy Roosevelt in 1912,  and assisted labor movements. 

As a Silent Sentinel, she was arrested three times for picketing.  In 1917, after her first release from prison, she raised $8,000 (roughly equal to $150,000 today) by speaking to people from her home.

Mary led the charge to insure Pennsylvania ratification for the 19th Amendment.  This was no easy feat as the the 1915 campaign had proved.  On June 24, 1919, the Pennsylvania legislature voted to ratify the amendment.

Mary is included in my quilt that honors Pennsylvania Silent Sentinels.

Would you like to learn about the Silent Sentinels that were arrested from your state or incorporate them in your quilt challenge?  

An easy resource for you is an excerpt from Jailed For Freedom.  The book lists the women arrested, their backgrounds, and where they lived.    I found the book online for you.  The link is here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Poem: "Votes for Women"

This poem would have made a great vaudeville skit!

“Votes for Women”
“Wha’s all that noise?” The captain asked
The mate stood by, a-grinnin;
“It’s female women, sir,” he said,
“They’re shoutin’ ‘Votes for Women.’”

“A curse upon them mate” said he,
And sent his wheel a-spinnin,
“Whoever  heard of such a thing
As givin’ votes to women?”


“Go down there,” he commanded,
“An’ clear the bloomin’ cabin.
We’ll ‘ave no blarsted meeting here,
Or cries of ‘Votes for Women.’”

When mate returned he was a sight,
Skirts covered the underpinnin’,
While on his back he wore a sign:
“We’re After Votes for Women.”


The captain quailed before the gaze
Of fifty angry women,
Then quickly dove into the sea,
Where they say he’s still a-swimmin’

Now the moral is, be not too gay
When “knockin”  “Votes for Women,”
For a woman’s wrath is not a thing
At which you should be grinning.

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