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.
During my education about these events I realized this year marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
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.
The label design comes from a program cover of the first suffragist march on Washington, DC. 5,000 women attended the march to protest for the right to vote and held the event on March 3, 1913 the day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson (Note: Inauguration day changed from March to January in 1933 with the passage of the 20th amendment).
The colors of the program cover are purple, white and gold which were the colors of the suffrage movement. These colors were meant to symbolize loyalty, purity, and hope.
The story of the women’s suffrage unfolded over almost a century of protest and had many different women taking leadership roles. We mention a few of the women on the tin, but there are many more to research and learn about. The commitment and dedication of these women deserve study and acknowledgement from current and future generations. When I read about Alice Paul, I am inspired by her dedication but am also shocked at how she was treated.
We are going to donate 10% of the proceeds from all sales of these tins to the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls New York.
Something to Sip and Ponder,
P.S. If you are wondering how tea fits into all this, check out this article from The Atlantic. English Breakfast is an appropriate blend to use in this tin.
P.P.S. You may see two dates associated with the passage of the 19th Amendment, August 18th, when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Amendment and August 26th, when the Secretary of State, Brainbridge Colby, signed the ratification paperwork
We are offering the tea in both loose and teabag. You can find the tins here: https://www.oliverpluff.com/commemorative-tins/
Front of Tin
Back of Tin
Also in Teabags