Susan B. Anthony’s Shawl

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Woman’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony wore this red shawl when advocating for woman’s rights at suffrage conventions, speaking engagements or congressional sessions. Red shawls became one of her trademarks and a way to make her instantly recognizable to reporters and the public. It was said in Washington that there were two signs of spring: the return of Congress to the nation’s capital and the sight of Anthony’s red shawl as she also returned to lobby congressmen.
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National American Woman Suffrage Association
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Political and Military History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Woman Suffrage
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Anthony, Susan B.
History, Women's Suffrage
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red (overall color)
silk (overall material)
overall: 63 in x 63 in; 160.02 cm x 160.02 cm
National Museum of American History
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