Votes for Women Pins, ca. 1914-1918

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Votes for Women Pins, ca. 1914-1918


These Votes for Women pins are from the memory books of Margaret Niles ‘14 (bottom right), Madeline Wayne ‘15 (bottom left), and Ruth Sonn ‘18 (top center). The phrase “Votes for Women” was a common slogan used on suffrage ephemera and was often printed on objects such as postcards, pamphlets, and ribbons in addition to pins. Suffrage pins were often worn to show support for the cause—Ruth’s pin was displayed on her academic hood at her commencement ceremony.

Image Description: Three pinback buttons are arranged in a triangle. The top center pin has a brassy-gold background and reads “VOTES FOR WOMEN” in bold black text. “FOR” is centered in a slightly smaller font, while “VOTES” and “WOMEN” wrap around the top and bottom of the pin. The two bottom pins have very similar designs: a circular white background surrounded by a ring of color. “VOTES FOR WOMEN” is centered in the middle of each pin; six equidistant stars surround the text. The buttons are distinct in their font and color schemes. The bottom left pin has glittering gold accents and slightly rounded, modernist font. The outer gold ring is slightly thicker than the other, and the stars are just slightly larger. The bottom right pin’s text is in a square, serifed bright red font. The six stars around the text and the ring of color at the edge of the button’s face are both a deep royal blue. Altogether, the color scheme is reminiscent of the American flag.




Pinback buttons


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“Votes for Women Pins, ca. 1914-1918,” Digital Exhibits of the Archives and Special Collections, accessed June 16, 2024,

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