It took 36 states to ratify the 19th amendment into law. In June of 2019, Marilyn Artus, will begin a 14 month road trip over 17 separate trips, traveling in order of ratification to all 36 states that ratified the amendment, to collaborate with a women artist in each state. Together they will create a flag with 36 stripes, one for each of the ratifying states.
Each artist will publicly hand her the stripe representing her state and Marilyn will sew it onto the flag in her capital city. She will engage with each local community to provide a woman musician or performer the opportunity to participate in this celebration as well. The public will be invited to witness this performance and take a moment to remember this important anniversary.
We hope this project provides a moment for all who participate, donate, or watch one of the 36 public flag sewing performances across the country, to celebrate this anniversary. This project is about moving forward. This project is not about Democrats or Republicans. It is about Americans and celebrating an important anniversary in our history and how we can encourage more women to be involved in our democracy. The year 2020 will be our next presidential election year. It is sure to be a tough year full of negative politics.The journey and the completed flag are a thank you and a visual love letter to the states that gave women the right to vote.
The 19th amendment states: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. This amendment did legally give all women the right to vote, but, laws within each state varied and did create complications for many women in exercising this right. Jim Crow Laws in the South impeded many African Americans from voting until the 1960s and Native Americans did not have full voting rights in all 50 states until 1970. Asian-American women could not vote until 1952. Women's history is often times over looked, we think this anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate and discuss the many challenges related to voting in the past and present for women and people of color.
We featured a woman of color from the suffrage era everyday on Instagram for Black History Month. We are not interested in talking about Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other well known suffrage fighters, there will be plenty of projects doing that. We will be focusing on women like Ida B Wells, Miriam Leslie, Victoria Woodhull, Mary McLeod Bethune, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Forten Purvis and so many more. We will continue to use our social media platforms to feature these women.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROJECT GO TO: HERFLAG.COM