In honor of the 19th Amendment, our Suffrage Heroes Portrait features five trailblazing women from over the years who led the charge to gain suffrage for women in the United States. Illustrated by artist Sarah Papworth this 100% children's cotton tee features a portrait of these suffragists and is the perfect way for your little one to celebrate her inner leader!
About our Suffrage Heroes
Sojourner Truth (1798 - 1883) (born Isabella "Belle" Baumfree) was an American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. During the Civil War, Sojourner Truth took up the issue of women’s suffrage. She was befriended by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but disagreed with them on many issues, most notably Stanton’s threat that she would not support the Black vote if women were denied it. Although she remained supportive of women’s suffrage throughout her life, Truth distanced herself from the increasingly racist language of the women’s groups.
Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894) was an early suffragist, editor, and social activist, having attended a session of the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention. Bloomer was also a fashion advocate who worked to change women’s clothing styles. Even though she did not create the women's clothing reform style known as bloomers, her name became associated with it because of her early and strong advocacy. In January of 1849, she began editing The Lily, the first newspaper by and for women which became a model for later women's suffrage publications.
Frances Harper (1825 - 1911) was an abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer, one of the first African American women to be published in the United States. In 1851, alongside William Still, chairman of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, she helped refugee slaves make their way along the Underground Railroad on their way to Canada. In 1853 she began her career as a public speaker and political activist after joining the American Anti-Slavery Society. Harper founded, supported, and held high office in several national progressive organizations. In 1883 she became superintendent of the Colored Section of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Women's Christian Temperance Union. In 1894 she helped found the National Association of Colored Women and served as its vice president.
Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin (1863 - 1952) was a Métis Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Attorney and Native American rights activist. In 1911, Baldwin chose to be photographed in traditional dress with her hair in braids for her personnel file photo for the Office of Indian Affairs. This simple photograph was a radical act for its time, when she would have been expected to assimilate into white American culture. In 1913, organizers of the Washington, DC, suffrage march attempted to racially segregate the parade, but Baldwin, along with some women of color, walked alongside white women.
Alice Paul (1886 - 1977) was an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, and one of the main leaders and strategists of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Paul initiated and strategized events such as the Woman Suffrage Procession and the Silent Sentinels, which were part of the successful campaign that resulted in the amendment's passage in 1920.
- 100% Cotton
- Unisex fit
- Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
- 5-7% shrinkage in dryer
- Made in Peru
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