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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

National Photo Co. When Tennessee the 36th State Ratified, Aug 18, 1920, Alice Paul, National Chairman of the Woman’s Party, Unfurled the Ratification Banner from Suffrage Headquarters. Photograph. NWP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (124.00.00)

The Stars Align at Last

After receiving the good news from Tennessee on August 18, Alice Paul unfurled the NWP’s completed ratification flag with 36 stars. To generate press interest and bolster members’ spirits, NWP officials had sewn a star on the flag each time a state voted for ratification. They captioned publicity photographs “The Betsy Ross of Suffrage,” brilliantly linking the ratification campaign to the nation’s struggle for independence. Even Paul took up the needle on occasion and posed as George Washington’s famous flag maker.

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