This thimble served as a promotional campaign item for Cecil Harden. The functional object, used to protect fingers while sewing, was boldly printed with the slogan "Mrs. Cecil M. Harden for Congress." Like many women running for political office in the 20th century, Harden was an early advocate for women's suffrage, which was finally achieved in 1920. This date also marked the advent of political thimbles, used to appeal to newly enfranchised women voters. This was not simple pandering, but created a bit of a twist on an element of the suffrage movement. Prior to the passage of the 19th Amendment, women often donated thimbles—and wedding rings—to raise money for the cause.