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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Smithsonian Snapshot focuses on suffrage movement

By Jacqueline Trescott

"Smithsonian Snapshot" continues rumaging through the millions of Smithsonian artifacts this week with a look at a suffragist's sash.

The yellow sash was worn by supporters of the women's movement and was printed with the words "Votes for Women."

March is celebrated widely as Women's History Month and here's a fun fact: the Kansas suffragists adopted the sunflower, their state's symbol, in 1867 and yellow became the color of choice for the entire movement. The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was ratified in 1920.

The "snapshot" project kicked-off in November with a regular photographic choice from the 137 million objects in the Smithsonian's museums and warehouses. Some have a direct tie to a historic date or commemoration. Last month the snapshot office released a photo of Harriet Tubman's personal book of hymns. That was related to Black History Month.

Coming this month are: a photo of Albert Einstein's pipe to mark his birthday on March 14.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 1, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Photography, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Snapshot, Suffrage Sash  
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