100 years ago today, eight thousand women “march[ed] in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded.” Organized by Lucy Burns and Alice Paul, the event aimed to continue the work arguably begun several decades before at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 was led by Inez Milholland on a white horse and included such notable figures as Helen Keller and Nellie Bly. Scheduled to precede Wilson’s inauguration by one day, the peaceful protest intended to curve down Pennsylvania Avenue. Crowds of males thronged the thoroughfare and harassed the marchers. Police officers did little to stem the animosity. Local hospitals treated over 200 injuries. Most marchers completed their journey, but it would take an additional seven years for them to earn the right to vote.
March 3rd, 1913 - August 18th, 1920 (2,725 Days)
Never forget the hard road traveled by those who have gone before you.
Photo Credit: George Grantham Bain Collection, Libary of Congress, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsc-00031