IFRW Logo and the Yellow Rose

The Yellow Rose

The significance of the Yellow Rose in the IFRW logo is an interesting story.  It represents the victory won by the women’s suffrage movement.


Women’s suffrage was not unique to the United States, but rather originated in France in the 1780’s and 1790’s.

The seed for the first Women’s Rights Convention was planted in 1840 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton met Lucretia Mott at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London.  In 1851, Stanton met Susan B. Anthony and the two joined in the long struggle to secure the vote for women.  In June of 1919, after years of struggle, the United States Senate approved the 19th Amendment.

In August of 1920, the 19th Amendment was one state shy of ratification when it came up for a vote in Tennessee.  Women of all backgrounds, race and social class descended on Nashville to lobby for passage of the amendment.  They were all united under one symbol – they wore a yellow rose. The opposition wore a red rose. The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, passed by one vote.

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