Much of the discussion about women’s suffrage tends to focus on England, the Pankhursts, and their militant tactics, but the battle for the vote raged just as vehemently in the United States. If you follow my Twitter account, I spent most of the weekend (sorry Dowager Countess!) retweeting links to articles and pictures of the participants and artifacts from the Woman Suffrage Parade held exactly 100 years ago on Sunday and those who participated in its recreation. Though the 1913 parade was not without its own external and internal strife (namely, the abuse hurled at the women as they marched in Washington, and the controversy raised when black women asked to participate, much to the horror of many white Southern women delegates, respectively), the 2013 parade was a testament to how far we’ve come on issues of gender and race since then.

Photos from The Atlantic, via Library of Congress

Suffrage March

Cover of the program for the 1913 women's suffrage procession

Suffragists on bus in New York City


Woman suffragists at head of parade

Crowds press in on the parade route in Washington, D.C.

For a little fun, here’s a very clever remake of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” with lyrics changed to reflect the fight for women’s suffrage:

Further Reading:
Marching for the Vote: Remembering the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913
Delta Sigma Theta Reenacts Women’s Suffrage March
The day the Deltas marched into history
Descendants of suffrage movement rally for 100th anniversary for right-to-vote march
Document Deep Dive: A Historic Moment in the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights
Centennial of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Parade
Three objects from the 1913 woman suffrage parade

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