Susan B. Anthony’s Shawl

Woman’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony wore this red shawl when advocating for woman’s rights at suffrage conventions, speaking engagements or congressional sessions. Red shawls became one of her trademarks and a way to make her instantly recognizable to reporters and the public. It was said in Washington that there were two signs of spring: the return of Congress to the nation’s capital and the sight of Anthony’s red shawl as she also returned to lobby congressmen.
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Object Name
associated person
Anthony, Susan B.
Physical Description
red (overall color)
silk (overall material)
overall: 63 in x 63 in; 160.02 cm x 160.02 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
History, Women's Suffrage
Government, Politics, and Reform
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
Credit Line
National American Woman Suffrage Association
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

10/25/2016 10:21:28 PM
Where did Anthony acquire the shawl? Was it purchased or homemade by herself or a friend?
10/27/2016 4:04:57 PM
Would Susan B. Anthony wear her red shawl on most days? Or only on important occasions, like when she spoke to an audience?
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