The most famous American women’s suffrage flag is a three striped flag with a gold stripe on top, white stripe in the middle, and purple stripe on bottom. This flag was introduced by the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, later known as the National Woman’s Party. Alice Paul, the founder of the CUWS, had been trained as an activist in the British women’s suffrage movement. The color scheme was inspired by the Women’s Social and Political Union, a British suffrage organization.
The WSPU used a three-striped flag of purple, white, and green. The American women’s suffrage movement had long used gold in its ribbons and buttons, so to distinguish the American movement from the British one, the green stripe was replaced by a gold one.
Some versions of the suffrage flag, like the one seen on the front of this card, also had stars. As in the American flag, each star stood for a state, but not every state was represented. Only states that supported women’s right to vote were represented by a star.
Each time a state ratified the 19th Amendment, another star would be added to the suffrage flag.
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