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Snakes on flags.

What’s up with the Gadsden flag? A free episode of Electable’s “No Dumb Questions” series.

Understanding exactly how the government works is the first step towards making it more responsive and inclusive. That’s why we started the Electable “No Dumb Questions” series. 

We’ll help you grow your confidence in this area so you feel confident running for office yourself or helping other women in your community run. We are all learning together, and Rule #1 at Electable is that there are no dumb questions.

Have you seen that hard-to-miss yellow flag with the symbol of a snake and the words “Don’t tread on me” written in bold letters hanging from cars, houses or businesses in your area? What is it and what does it mean?

In this free episode of “No Dumb Questions,” we dive into the history and meaning of the Gadsden flag. In this video, you’ll learn: 

  • Who designed the flag and when 
  • Who has used this symbol throughout history and why 
  • What does it mean and why do people still fly the flag today. 

“No Dumb Questions” episodes are typically only available to Electable’s members, but we’re sharing this episode for free!

Ever wonder what the Gadsden flag symbolizes? Find out below.

About Electable

Electable is a new online membership site that helps women and non-binary people run, win and lead in local public office, particularly in the so-called “flyover states.” Co-founder Caitlin Copple Masingill became the first openly queer person elected to the Missoula City Council in 2012. Her passion for electing women to local public office led her to join forces with Dr. Christina Barsky to create Electable. Dr. Barsky is a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Montana where she works with the current and future generations of public servants on solving complex public challenges, particularly when it comes to voting rights and electoral integrity.

Caitlin Copple