Today was the centenary of the Woman Suffrage Procession in Washington D.C. and I’ve done a round-up of some of the most informative links about it.
The 1913 project is about honouring centenaries in the same year as my grandma’s centenary, and encouraging others to do so. If an event hasn’t been remembered I try to remind people, but with something as big as this it was pretty easy to find resources with a quick internet search. Saying that, this year’s women’s history month resonates more with me than in previous years. It’s very cool feeling more connected to history through even the most cursory of this research.
These are some excellent profiles of the big-name feminists who were there, and I was delighted to discover Nellie Bly and Helen Keller attended. I remember going to the Nellie Bly amusement park in Brooklyn when I was little. How cool is it to get a theme park named after you because of your achievements?
I was struck by the NWHM’s coverage in particular when I read the following quote:
Young suffragists and master strategists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns arrived in DC as 1913 began. They were impatient, fed up with state-by-state efforts that, after 65 years, had brought women voting rights in just 10 states—mostly western states eager to attract women. Only 60 days later, their historic women’s suffrage procession down Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3, 1913, signaled pursuit of a new national strategy– a constitutional amendment to win voting rights and a desire for the national spotlight.
Sounds like where equal marriage is.
Maybe it’s time for another march.