The Blackwing XIX is a tribute to the 19th Amendment. It features a purple barrel and three-sided white and golden yellow imprint inspired by the suffrage flag, striped silver ferrule, and purple eraser. The 36 yellow stars represent the 36 states that ratified the amendment. The graphite is firm which is perfect for paper or for using, with a light touch, to mark fabric.
The story... On August 18th, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment. After nearly a century of lobbying, marching, and protesting, it was finally illegal to deny anyone the right to vote on the basis of sex. This was a massive step forward for equal voting rights in the US, but the system was not without flaws. Voting rights, especially for people of color, continued to be challenged.
On a personal note, when we moved to Texas in the mid-90's, as a married woman in my late 30's, I was not allowed to be the first name on any of our joint accounts—not at the bank, on the mortgage, not on a credit card, insurance, phone, or utility. It made no difference that I handled all of the accounts and was the one paying the bills.
There are so many rights that I take for granted. This purple pencil is a visible reminder of how far we have come.