League of Women Voters preserves, replicates 1911 ‘Votes for Women’ banner

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters of Ridgefield would like to thank the members of the Advisory Committee of the Lewis Fund for awarding a Lewis Grant to the league for the preservation, replication and display of the League’s 1911 “Votes for Women” banner (12’x4’). 

This banner is a visible symbol of the suffrage movement in our state. 

From its inception, Ridgefield has had a long and proud history of Ridgefield women supporting the suffragist movement including: Alice Paul, Laura Allee, Mary Olcott, Anne S. Richardson and Edna Shoyer

Laura Allee was the original caretaker of this banner and it is most probable that she and several of her fellow suffragists marched with this banner in various parades as did League members for many years. It is our intention, when the replica of the banner is completed, to continue that tradition to celebrate women’s suffrage and the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment.

In addition we are working with the Library, Historical Society and Keeler Tavern to use the banner as part of a significant exhibit celebrating the 19th amendment and look forward to numerous other opportunities to exhibit the original and the replica in future exhibits. Displaying the banner will be a tangible artifact to help the League fulfill our goal to educate and inform our citizenry about the importance of the suffrage movement and the continued importance of working on vital issues of concern to the public, just as the women who carried that banner did over 100 years ago. 

Marilyn Carroll,

President, League of Women Voters of Ridgefield

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