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  • ClayCampaignribbonClayClub.jpg

    Ribbon reads:

    "Clay Club / Delegation / Washington, D.C. / "Liberty of Speech, if not the Right of Suffrage."

    Black ink on white silk.

    This “BWC” ribbon, in the colors of the women’s suffrage movement, was most likely worn by a member of the Business Women’s Club. Many women became politically engaged through their involvement in women’s clubs. This ribbon was probably worn at one of the BWC’s suffrage meetings: perhaps in 1901 when leader Laura Clay visited the club or in the 1910s when voting rights for women became a popular (and divisive) cause.
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