Women’s March During Presidential Inauguration of 1913

We all remember the counter-inaugural marches in Washington during the Donald Trump’s Inauguration where hundreds of thousands of protesters were on the streets engaging in a long-lasting tradition of the American Left making their voices heard. 

Such large-scale protests, especially when organized in the capital city and during Presidential Inaugurations, can give the new president a bitter taste of victory. The biggest punch is when people join together to openly share their opinions against the newly elected president to point out everything they didn’t like in his campaign and how he plans to lead the nation.

Even though Trump’s inauguration had been overshadowed by the counter-inaugural protest, history remembers one protest that echoed louder than the inauguration, and even today inspires women all over the world to fight for their rights.

Back in 1913, on March 3, just a day before the newly elected Woodrow Wilson was to be officially inaugurated as the U.S.A’s 28th president, a large-scale protest had been organized called the Suffrage Parade, and some 8,000 women demonstrated on the streets of Washington demanding their right to vote.

Now, to classify that protest as a parade was perhaps a mistake because it was everything but a peaceful parade. This was one of the first major activities in the US that revolved around gaining women’s suffrage, and such an idea in that period was highly unacceptable by the mainstream. During the parade, the women were assaulted both verbally and physically by men that were on the sides of the streets. The protesters were also pushed around and tripped, but they held their ground and went on with the protest through to the end.

Did this protest have a direct effect on women’s votes right away? Not quite. But, women in America did get the right to vote 7 years later, while colored women had to wait for decades to gain that right. However, the way people reacted to this protest and how they treated these women left a huge echo in history and brought the problem of women not being able to protest into the spotlight, so, in a way, the 1913 Women’s march was a success.

 

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