On March 3, 1913, thousands paraded from the U.S. Capitol to the Treasury Building in support of the decades-long fight to gain women the right to vote. Organized by Alice Paul, the parade was a grand spectacle of floats, marching bands, and mounted brigades. At the head of the march was activist Inez Milholland, who rode in on top of a white horse in a flowing white cape and gold crown. However, the parade was marred by violence perpetrated by a mostly male crowd who reportedly tripped, shoved, and grabbed marching women. Over 200 people were injured with the police allegedly doing little to quell the unrest.
Join historian, journalist, and author of a recently-released book about this famed march, Rebecca Boggs Roberts, as we follow in the footsteps of this seminal parade, which is long-credited for being the tipping point that led to the passing of the 19th amendment which granted women the right to vote.
We will start at Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, the newly-minted national monument that houses the National Woman’s Party. We will walk the parade route, before ending at Lafayette Square where suffragists planned and picketed in front of the White House.
- Please meet outside of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument (formerly, the Sewall-Belmont House).
- This tour will consist of about a mile and a half worth of walking, so please dress for the weather, bring water, and wear appropriate shoes.
- This event is family-friendly!
- This event is accessible via Metro, about a 10-minute walk from both the Capitol South and Union Station Metro stops.
Contact Matt Blitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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