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Peaceful Protest That Made a Difference in History: Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913


Excerpt from article written by Darling


How do we raise our voices to address injustice in ways that promote peaceful and respectful communication, while also demonstrating strong and determined passion? Is it possible? We think it is.


Taking a look back in history proves that those who took peaceful and sometimes creative approaches to political activism were often successful in what they set out to achieve. Their approaches inspire us, and we can’t help but admire them and seek to emulate their resolute strength, bravery and unwavering peacefulness in the face of adversity.


“Why you must march: Because this is the most conspicuous and important demonstration that has ever been attempted by suffragists in this country. Because this parade will be taken to indicate the importance of the suffrage movement by the press of the country and the thousands of spectators from all over the United States gathered in Washington for the Inauguration.”

This was the call sent to women in preparation for the largest organized parade of suffragettes, who were planning to march to bring attention to issues surrounding women’s rights. The call was answered.


On March 3, 1913, an organized parade of women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in the US capital. The parade was led by lawyer Inez Milholland, who was dressed in all white, wearing a white cape and riding a white horse. Behind her was a parade of 5,000 women from numerous countries including bands, four mounted brigades, three heralds and 24 decorated floats.


On March 3, 1913, an organized parade of women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in the US capital. The parade was led by lawyer Inez Milholland, who was dressed in all white, wearing a white cape and riding a white horse. Behind her was a parade of 5,000 women from numerous countries including bands, four mounted brigades, three heralds and 24 decorated floats. it to the U.S. Treasury building where speakers took turns addressing the eager crowd of suffragettes and supporters. The New York Times described the parade as “one of the most impressively beautiful spectacles ever staged in this country.”

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