Solidarity in Style

The Milliners Guild’s virtual exhibition salutes the women of the suffrage movement and the centennial of the 19th amendment as the country prepares to cast what some consider its most consequential ballot on November 3.  Solidarity in Style celebrates the diversity and contributions of all the women of the movement: seen and unseen, acknowledged and shunned, well known and unsung.  Their creative interpretation hopes to honor the suffragists' collective strength and perseverance in their fight for the vote. 


Mary Church Terrell lived a life on the forefront of change. She was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree, a national activist leader for Black civil rights, women’s suffrage and among her many firsts, a charter member of the NAACP, a founding member and first national president of the National Association of Colored Women in 1896 and in 1910 helped to found the National Association of College Women .  In 1913, when NAWSA- National American Women’s Suffrage Association held the suffrage rally, Terrell led the women of Howard University’s newly minted African American sorority, Delta Sigma Theta to insure inclusion and recognition at the historic event. This ‘V for Vote’ headpiece created with pipe cleaners and white Chantilly lace sits front and centered just as the woman it represents.