What Flag Is That 06.30.21

The National Women’s Rights Flag. It is closely associated with the Women’s Suffrage Movement of the early 1900s, leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920.

The ‘Silent Sentinels’, a 2 1/2 year vigil in front of the White House that started in 1917.

The colors began to take shape early in the movement. Purple, White, and Gold became the symbols and appeared on various designs throughout the country.

1915 the Massachusetts Women’s Suffrage Association posted 100,000 of these signs throughout the state before a vote in the state legislature. The bill did not pass. Animals and the gold color became important to the movement.
Cats became the most used animal in Suffragette materials.
Anti Suffrage groups mocked the use of cats in their advertisements

Various groups coalesced around the the National Women’s Party flag and color scheme. “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.”

Suffragette Alice Paul sews on a star each time a state ratified the 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment is 101 years old but the battle continues. Equal pay for equal work is not a reality. Workplace inequalities are still rampant. Medical care is not the same for women – medical people do not listen to women. STEM is still biased against women. Women’s soccer, despite winning far more than men are not compensated anywhere near what the male athletes make.

I know a young woman who in 1973, as soon as she told her employer she was pregnant, was fired from her job. She said, …’wait a minute, that’s not right’… and went to the Washington State Civil Rights Commission and sued that employer. She won a settlement and forced that company to change all of their employment policies.
And, is there any job more demanding and difficult than being a mom?

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