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The Women’s Suffrage Victory Flag commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. It recognizes and honors the determination and dedication displayed by the National Woman’s Party towards granting women the right to vote. This year we celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, ratified August 18, 1920. The Amendment officially became part of the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920.
In honor of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, the Women’s Suffrage Victory Flag will fly at City Hall, the Signal Hill Public Library, and the Signal Hill Police Department, from August 18 - September 18, 2020. Learn more about our Commemorative Flag Policy here.
The flag was created by Alice Paul, founder of the National Woman’s Party, a pivotal force in the passage and ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment. In 1919, Paul began sewing stars on a giant purple, white, and gold flag. Each time a state ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, a new star would be sewn on the flag. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th and deciding state to ratify the amendment.
The colors of the Women’s Suffrage Victory flag are purple, white and gold. This combination was used by the U.S. National Woman’s Party, a critical part of the fight for suffrage. The group described the meaning of its colors in a 1913 newsletter: “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.” (Source)