Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote
The Significance of the Red Shawl

In early June, 1920, the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified by Congress and went into effect mid-August the same year.

According to the National Museum of American History, Women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony wore a red shawl when advocating for women’s rights at suffrage conventions, speaking engagements, and congressional sessions.

The museum web page goes on to say “Red shawls became one of her trademarks and a way to make her instantly recognizable to reporters and the public.” It was said in Washington that there were two signs of spring; the return of Congress to the nation’s capital and the sight of Anthony’s red shawl as she also returned to lobby congressmen.

Participants of the shawl along will quickly note that not all women won the right to vote in 1920; it took another 45 years to outlaw discriminatory practices (1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act).

Since we are in the midst of a strong women’s rights movement at the present time, it seems fitting that we create our own signature “red shawl” to honor Susan B. Anthony’s legacy. Wear it to every election to show how proud we are! Wear it to your Red Hat Meeting! Wear it to Knit Nights!


Purchase a predominantly red yarn OR select yarns from your stash at home.

We are aiming for completion by mid-August 2020. By that time, we hope to have a Stash party to show off your handmade creations and take pictures.

Check out free patterns on A few to consider:


  • Heart of the Dragon by Kay Jean
  • Lila by Twig and Loop
  • June Shawl by Lisa Overby
  • Morpho by Nick Davis
  • Garden Shawl by Anniken Allis
  • Tumbledown Mountain by Kelly Gubbels
  • Spring Garden by Jenny Snedeker


  • Lagniappe Shawl by Esther Sandrof
  • Abundant by Siew Clark
  • Carina Mosaic Shawl by Sylvia
  • Shawl for Rachel by Hilda Steyn

For questions, please contact STASH TAMPA, (813) 300-1311 or Dot at HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US!