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The 1913 Women's Suffrage Parade

One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated. The day before, the National American Woman Suffrage Association staged a parade in Washington, DC in support of voting rights for women. Around 8,000 people marched (almost all women), with 20 floats and nine bands.

Though the parade began late, it appeared to be off to a good start until the route along Pennsylvania Avenue became choked with tens of thousands of spectators -- mostly men in town for the inauguration. Marchers were jostled and ridiculed by many in the crowd. Some were tripped, others assaulted. Policemen appeared to be either indifferent to the struggling paraders, or sympathetic to the mob. Before the day was out, one hundred marchers had been hospitalized.

But the incident got a lot of press for the movement. The Atlantic has a collection of 24 photographs from that day. Link  -via Holy Kaw!

(Images: Library of Congress)


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