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Tea Started the Women’s Suffrage Movement

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August 26, 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and American women’s constitutional right to vote.

Did you know that the Women’s Suffrage Movement Started Over a Cup of Tea?

On July 9, 1848 five women met for afternoon tea in Waterloo, NY at the home of Jane Hunt.  Her guests were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Mary Wright, and Mary Ann McClintock.  This gathering would be the launch pad for the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s convention in the Americas.

Women such as the wealthy Alva Vanderbilt-Belmont held “suffrage teas,” where support for the cause was proclaimed. She also commissioned special china printed with “Votes for Women.” Guests were given the cups and saucers as favors.  This helped get the word out.  The tea parties also served as fund-raisers, a practice that extended to the teas themselves.

Equality Tea was based in Northern California. Distributed by the Woman’s Suffrage Party, the tea was sold to suffrage supporters. Varieties included Ceylon, English breakfast, young hyson, gunpowder, and oolong. Proceeds from the tea supported the campaign for suffrage in Southern California

Equality Tea was also sold at regional fairs and by mail order. Ads appeared in local newspapers to medical journals. Some grocers carried the tea, and there were women who refused to pay their grocery bills if their grocer did not carry Equality Tea. The ability to order by mail assured that the tea’s purveyors did not discriminate against rural or lower-class residents, groups of the population with stronger support for women’s suffrage.

In acknowledgement of this historic event and to honor the courageous women (and men) who worked so hard to get the vote, The Larkin Tea Company is offering a special 20% discount on all its products featured on-line.

PROMOTION COUPON CODE:  VOTES1923

DISCOUNT ENDS 12 MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2020

(Cannot be combined with other discounts)

The White House and hundreds of other buildings across the county will be illuminated in purple and gold on Wednesday night to recognize women’s long battle to gain the vote.

A MORE FITTING TRIBUTE WOULD BE IF

EVERYBODY VOTED IN NOVEMBER

1 Comment

  1. Linda Villano on August 25, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Fabulous piece Judy! Thank you for the education ~ we all must harness the spirit of the Suffragettes now…this election is critical. Hope you don’t mind my sharing this post tomorrow! Wishing you all the best. Be well & stay safe my fellow tea lady.
    Warmly, Linda Villano

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