On Suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt's Birthday, We Reflect On the 1913 Women's Suffrage Parade
On January 9, 1859, the woman who would serve twice as President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was born.
In that time, activist and suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt orchestrated and mobilized women to fight for their right to vote — and much of the 19th Amendment's success stems from her leadership.
Among many of the movements toward suffrage that the NAWSA was behind, was the Women's Suffrage Parade in 1913, which occurred just seven years before the amendment's ratification. There, thousands of women from around the country gathered at President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration demanding the right to vote.
The 5,000 marchers from the 1913 Women's Suffrage Parade set out to "march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded," according to the parade's program, noted on the Washingtonian.
Similarly, the upcoming Women's March on Washington expects hundreds of thousands of women and allies the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, according to the article.
"This effort is not anti-Trump," co-founder Tamika Mallory said in an interview with NPR. "This is pro-women. This is a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time."
Check out photos below of the original Women's March on Washington, known as the Women's Suffrage Parade in 1913.
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