The National Women's Party in the United States adopted the colors purple, white, and gold for the suffrage movement. The organization described the meaning of these colors in a newsletter published December 6, 1913:
“Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.”
In 1920, as the Tennessee state legislature was debating ratifying the 19th Amendment, suffragists and anti-suffragists gathered to lobby their representatives. Both sides wore rose -shaped pins to show which side they were on: Suffragists wore yellow rosettes, and anti-suffragists wore red rosettes. Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920.
Show your support for the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage with a purple, white, and gold rosette! This beautiful rosette was made in collaboration with Passion Works Studio and support from the Ohio Arts Council