Votes for Women

This poster advertising the march is in the public domain.

I think every demo should have a lovely program.

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.

I certainly didn’t need to remind Washington to celebrate this centenary. This is a link to a weekend of events in the US capital, and some more info from the National Women’s History Museum.

The National Film Preservation Foundation has some footage here and I found some political cartoons at this link, and more general photos and commentary from The Atlantic and The Chicago Tribune.

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? 

Here is a very thorough run down of events, some of which flag up discuss points around the issue of segregation during the parade, which is referenced more specifically.

The National Film Preservation Foundation has some footage here and I found some political cartoons at this link, and more general photos and commentary from The Atlantic and The Chicago Tribune.

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.


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