How women used jewelry in the fight for their right to vote

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 2:55 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - As thousands of people across Tennessee head to the polls for early voting one forgotten piece of women’s voting history is being remembered: the jewelry.

“Many people may not realize that jewelry played a really important part in the suffrage movement,” says Kim Kanary, the Vice President of social media and community engagement at JTV. “Women use jewelry to empower and unite them and in fact, it became symbolic of one’s allegiance to the cause.”

Kanary says colors like green, purple and white were very stylish at the time and became popular to show support for the women’s voting rights movement.

“Green stood for hope. Purple was the color of the royal blood that flowed through the veins of the suffragettes as they were called. And white stood for the purity in their lives,” says Kanary.

According to Kanary, using jewelry as a political statement is still common today, though it looks somewhat different. Instead of traditional jewelry, political buttons and pins are now more common. Kanary says in honor of the suffragette movement, JTV has released a “Vote” necklace to pay homage to those that fought for the right to vote. You can buy it on their website.

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