Woman Suffrage Ribbon

This ribbon was worn by a member of the Brooklyn Woman Suffrage Association.
The ribbon honors Susan B. Anthony. The date, 1869, refers to the year in which Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman’s Suffrage Association. The quote “Failure is Impossible” is from Anthony’s last public speech, delivered in 1906. In that speech Anthony proclaimed that she knew the struggle for women’s suffrage would end in victory because so many outstanding women had given the bulk of their lives to the cause. Anthony died shortly after giving the speech, and “Failure is Impossible” became a rallying cry for suffragists across the nation in her honor and memory.
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Object Name
associated date
associated institution
Brooklyn Woman Suffrage Association
associated person
Anthony, Susan
Physical Description
gold (overall color)
silk (overall material)
overall: 6 in x 1 3/4 in x 1/4 in; 15.24 cm x 4.445 cm x .635 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Women's Suffrage
Woman Suffrage
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection
Woman Suffrage
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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