Suffrage in 60 Seconds Woman Suffrage Procession

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So here we are, March 3, 1913. The great suffrage procession. Suffragist Alice Paul manages to get between 8,000 and 11,000 women to converge upon Washington, D.C. for the great parade.

The first political parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. For about four blocks, everything's going great. Floats, equestrian units, women marching four abreast. But then, anti-suffrage agitators in the crowd foment a riot! Women are dragged from the floats, struck to the pavement. Pandemonium! The D.C. mounted police are actually seen encouraging the mob. There is, however, one group, four hundred stalwart, uniformed males who try to restore order and protect those women. No, they weren't park rangers. They were the Boy Scouts of America.

So here we are, the year 2020, women have had the vote for one hundred years. And now girls can join the Boy Scouts of America.

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"We demand an amendment to the Constitution of the United States enfranchising the women of this country." Marching women, floats, equestrian units--and a surprising ally participate in the first event of its kind on March 3, 1913.

The Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913 brought new attention and energy to the fight for women's right to vote.

Part of a series of articles titled Suffrage in Sixty Seconds.

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Pennsylvania Avenue, The White House and President's Park, Women's Rights National Historical Park

Last updated: September 1, 2020