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|Exhibition Copy||University of California - Santa Cruz
Board of Councilors Meeting, Rare Flags Exhibit
Santa Cruz, CA
7 June 2012
Santa Cruz, CA, June 7, 2012: The Zaricor Flag Collection exhibited 34 flags and artifacts at the University of California Santa Cruz Campus for the Board of Councilors Meeting.
The Woman Suffrage
Party Pennant and Pin
Date: Circa 1909
Media: Pennant, wool felt with ink imprint; Pin, celluloid over metal.
Comment: The Woman Suffrage Party (WSP) was founded by Mrs. Carrie C.
Catt in 1907. The WSP of greater New York was modeled on the Democrat and
Republican parties in the hope that by organizing, as the major parties did in New
York's assembly and election districts, the WSP thought it would bring woman
suffrage close to male voters and eventually influence both politicians and their
parties via public opinion.
Pennants like this were distributed at the WSP first convention on 29
October 1909, held at New York City's Carnegie Hall, and waved and worn by
members and supporters alike.
The WSP grew out of the efforts of its antecedent organizations, The
Brooklyn Woman Suffrage Association, the New York City Society, and the
Interurban Woman Suffrage Council. Under Chapman's able leadership the WSP
rose to the height of its influence between 1915 and 1917 during an unsuccessful
attempt to amend the New York State Constitution.
The WSP canvassed New York's election districts with broadsides directed
at men that logically reasoned that a woman's place may be in the home, yet she
can perform domestic duties much better if allowed the vote since she will have
greater control of outside events that influence her housekeeping, such as public
health and clean food.
Provenance: Acquired in 2008 by the Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC3123 &
ZFC3124) at auction, Heritage Auction Inc., Dallas, Texas. www.FlagCollection.com