Susan B. Anthony’s Silk 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.

Associated Person: Anthony, Susan B.

Location: Currently not on view

General Subject Association: History, Women's Suffrage


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, Woman Suffrage


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Credit Line: National American Woman Suffrage Association

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.026168Catalog Number: 26168Accession Number: 64601

Object Name: shawl

Physical Description: red (overall color)silk (overall material)Measurements: overall: 63 in x 63 in; 160.02 cm x 160.02 cm


Record Id: nmah_529597

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