An easy way to show support for the women’s suffrage movement was to wear a pin. A variety of inexpensive pins were available and proved popular. Some carried generic slogans like “Votes for Women,” which any suffragist could wear.
Other pins were produced by individual suffrage organizations for their members or for participants in a specific event. One of the most famous of these pins is the “Jailed for Freedom” pin, included in the illustration on the front of this card. In 1917, a group of National Woman’s Party suffragists led by Alice Paul was arrested for picketing the White House to demand votes for women. They went to jail, where they were treated terribly and beaten by the guards. After the suffragists were released, the National Woman’s Party gave one of these pins to each of the women who had been imprisoned.
Shaped like a jail cell door with a heart-shaped lock, the pin was a badge of honor for the suffragists who had been arrested in their fight for women’s rights.
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