All Equal Messenger Bag
- National Archives Store Exclusive
- Decorated in the U.S.A.
- 15 X 11 X 4 inches
- Removable front velcro flap easily and securely attaches
- Wrap zipper around exterior pockets
- Large flat pouch with zippered inside pocket for coins or keys
- Adjustable strap
With its roomy compartments, secure zippered pockets, and removable front flap, this messenger bag is up to any task. On the front is Paul Stahr's 1915 Life magazine cover illustration of an American woman retouching the Declaration of Independence. With the ghost of a Founding Father standing by, she is editing the famous line to read, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men and women are created equal.”
In 1915, American women were pushing for equal rights, particularly the right to vote in national elections. They lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the Constitution. Finally, Congress passed on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment, which guarantees all American women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment Joint Resolution of Congress and many other records related to women’s equal rights are preserved and protected in the National Archives.