The Suffragette 2.0
After the election, there was definitely a fire ignited among a lot of women I know. This manifested itself in a lot of beautiful ways. One other thing it did was inspired a woman named Hilary Alexander, who runs a vintage dance camp, to start a Facebook group for feminist current- and ex-swing dancers. There, we’ve been free to express our collective face-palms at the current political situation, as well as discuss some more complicated stuff about being vintage-anything-enthusiasts in this era, being feminist in a scene where literally women “follow” and men “lead”, the lack of diversity in a scene for a dance that came out of Harlem, or some of the recent news of a slew of women coming out against sexual assault and coercion committed by high-profile swing dancers.
This lead to one and only conclusion: Will we have a shirt?
Since I recently lost my job shortly after coming back from maternity leave, I decided to do some research on Suffragette symbolism.
Yellow ribbons were worn by early Suffragette and were likely all hand made. For design and type nerds like me, they are really fun to look at.
There’s also the excellent story of how the yellow rose (or flower) became the symbol of the Suffragette movement, as the red rose was the symbol of the anti-suffrage movement. And how a mother helped ratify the measure of the 19th Amendment in the state of Tennessee.
I also had a look at all kinds of other beautiful things that our feminist ancestors made 100 years ago.
It became clear that some of that early messaging we’re still saying today. I decided to design a really simple and universal shirt that encompassed some of that vintage symbolism (and admittedly, none of the racist garbage some of the early suffragettes are known for.) It’s available for sale until Feb 7th, 2017 and all of my proceeds I will be donating to Planned Parenthood.