August marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and a chance to celebrate the courageous generations of women who led an almost 100 year struggle to secure their rights. To honor that milestone in American History, we decided to create a limited-edition commemorative tin and to honor the women who changed the world back then, continue to change the world today today and will change the world tomorrow!
We came up with the idea for this project as we put together this custom label for the Women’s Rights National Historical Parkin Seneca Falls NY, which tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848.
During the course of our partnership with the Historical Park, I learned for the first time about the Women’s Right Convention and its Declaration of Sentiments as well as the partnership with abolitionists like Frederick Douglas . I highly recommend you read about the park and the event by visiting the website. I look forward to visiting the park someday.
I will add a caution about history, it is not always neat and the behavior and actions of courageous people of one era do not always conform to what we now know as right. The same women who boldly proclaimed “that all men and women are created equal” at Seneca Falls became jealous when African American Male citizenship and voting rights went ahead of women’s rights and some of the leading women did not offer their support to the 14th and 15th Amendments. Likewise, the women's efforts focused on white women while women of color had to wait for the same rights.
But despite these failings, the women of the suffragist movement still deserve to be remembered and recognized, like we still remember the achievements and honor the founding fathers of the United States despite their moral failings in their attitudes toward and treatment of people of color and women.