Women Honor Women’s Suffrage March

March 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

On March 3, 2013, thousands of women rallied together to march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C in an effort to advance women’s suffrage in the U.S. It was held the day before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration to “protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded.”  Organized by Alice Paul and led by Inez Millholland, the parade included 26 floats, ten bands, and more than 8000 marchers. During the parade, the marchers were harassed by crowds of men who made it almost impossible to pass through them. As many as 200 were treated for injuries at local hospitals. Despite these setbacks, the marchers were able to finish the parade at the Treasury Building.

Exactly 100 years later, thousands of women from the Delta Sigma Theta sorority came together to commemorate the historic occasion. These women gathered on March 3rd, 2013 to retrace the steps of 22 founding members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority who participated in the march in 1913. They were considered the only African American women’s group to take part in the parade in 1913. The event was the complete opposite of the 1913 parade because of just how long women have come since not having the right to vote. For one, they were allowed to march freely without having people–especially men–against equal rights for women.

Looking back on it, its amazing just how far women have come in these 100 years. From getting the right to vote, to being allowed in combat, being able to have a voice in congress, and stepping closer and closer to equal pay, women have crossed many boundaries in the past century. With all of these feats, it certainly doesn’t stop here. We still have a long way to go in our fight towards equality and there is nothing stopping us from achieving that.

– Jennifer C.


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