In the spring, young female artists from schools across Nashville created bold and beautiful designs for a new “I Voted” sticker to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote. The students’ work was part of a contest sponsored by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Davidson County Election Commission to celebrate and highlight Tennessee’s role in the historic passage of the 19th Amendment.
Harpeth Hall juniors Eleanor Taylor and Sarah Grace Vallejo were among the eight student finalists who had their sticker designs voted on by the Nashville community.
For Sarah Grace, whose design featured the yellow rose worn by the Tennessee women and men in support of women’s right to vote 100 years ago, it was the collective action of voting that resonated most. “I wanted to emphasize that as women, it is a privilege that we are able to vote,” she said. “So I wanted to put a twist on the traditional ‘I Voted’ and instead use ‘We Voted’ to show the importance of female voting.”
Eleanor created two sticker designs. The first featured the silhouette of a woman’s face with Tennessee’s three stars positioned like a pin in her hair and the billowing red, white, and blue of the American flag in the background. For the second sticker, Eleanor wanted to harness the Nashville spirit, so she added music notes and a guitar tattoo on a woman’s flexed arm. The piece reflected the iconic “We Can Do It” poster produced by artist J. Howard Miller during World War II.
“Next year, when I am able to vote for the first time, I will be able to do what women could only dream of 100 years ago,” Eleanor said. “We still have a ways to go in our quest for equality for all, but the women’s right to vote has allowed us to make great strides to achieve this goal.”