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Women's Suffrage and On-going Quest for Equality


Our fabric art chronicles five eras of women’s suffrage in the United States. The centers showcase prominent women activists highlighted by fabrics indicative of the era. All five use the classic wedding ring pattern suggesting that women have been (and remain) bound by domestic duties. The colors chosen for the quilts are primarily gold, white and purple. These were the colors used by the suffragists as they actively worked to secure the passage of the 19th amendment. The colors of the quilts progress from deep purple to off-white. Each quilt measures 51” by 51”. Each individual piece has a quilt design reflective of its specific era. Taken all together, the five quilts acknowledge the courage and struggles of women over the eras. Women were jailed and force fed. Women demonstrated, wrote, and marched. Women organized boycotts, and ran for office. All to gain the right to vote, eliminate oppression, and advance social equality.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: less than 3 inches
  • Medium: fabric
  • Width: 51 inches each
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 51 inches each

About Divas

The Divas are fabric artists who have created a gerrymandering quilt together promoting the passage of Proposal 2. Divas include: Irene Armock-Schaaf, Mary Brown, Laura DeLind, Karin Miller and Chris Worland. This is their second collaborative project. Their gerrymandering quilt is in the Michigan State University collection.