SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT AND WOMEN'S HISTORY
Ribbon, Political

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Description "WOMANS PARTY" printed in black on the center stripe of a gold, white and purple ribbon (the colors of the suffrage movement). The ribbon is suspended from a brass colored metal name tag frame on which "Miss S. S. James Wisconsin" is handwritten in ink.

Sarah S. James was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin 1859, the daughter of Ebenezer James, (b. 1825, d. 1912) a pioneer lumberman, manufactuer, and merchant, and Mary James (b. 1838, d. 1885). She grew up in a household with six sisters (Clara, Mary, Martha, Harriet, Kathryn, & Charlotte) and one brother (William) at 98 High Street. She was admitted as a student at the Northwestern Business College, located in Oshkosh, in 1870. Sarah graduated from the Oshkosh Normal School in 1882 and also graduated from the Teacher's College of Columbia University in New York City in 1907. By 1884 she was teaching in Oshkosh High School and would continue to until 1911 when she retired to devote her full attention to the suffrage movement. She helped organize and became the president of the Equal Suffrage League of Oshkosh. Her offices were located at Room "I" in the Cook's Block. She also held meetings in her home. Sarah was also the recording secretary for the Political Equality League of Wisconsin and served as an officer alongside with Rose Swart (Oshkosh Normal School) and Jessie Jack Hooper (wife of Oshkosh Attorney Ben Hooper). Sarah helped organize local events, speaking engagements, and letter campaigns. She went to the Republican National Convention in Chicago to picket in 1920 and Washington D.C. Sarah spent the rest of her life at her home on High street living with two other maiden sisters. In February 1939, she fell walking home from downtown and broke her hip. She died at mercy Hospital on February 14, 1939.
Dimensions H-6 W-2.125 inches
Year Range from 1900
Year range to 1920
Material Cloth//Paper/Metal
Object ID 2882-T3
Object Name Ribbon, Political
People James, Sarah
Used James, Sarah
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