Renewing the American Spirit

Patriot Week begins on 9/11 and ends on 9/17 (the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution (Constitution Day)) and renews America’s spirit by celebrating the First Principles, Founding Fathers and other Patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history. Many of current holidays have become overly commercialized or have lost their deeper meaning. We need to invigorate our appreciation and understanding of America’s spirit. This blog is dedicated to keeping the spirit of Patriot Week - and America - alive all year long.....

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Votes for Women?!?

100 years ago today, the Suffragette movement took the world by storm by engaging in the first major civil rights march in Washington, D.C. in history.  Thousands of suffragettes marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3, 1913 demanding "Votes for Women."  Drawing women from across the country, it had several components, including striking displays of "Columbia" and similar extravagant displays.

Stealing the spotlight from President Wilson's inauguration the next day (he arrived in D.C. the day of the parade), the tactics were condemned, the message mocked, and the women assaulted by a huge hostile crowd.

The violent outbreak that ended the parade led to Congressional hearings and the firing of the D.C.'s police chief, and more importantly, to huge publicity for the suffragette movement.  The brainchild of Alice Paul and organized by the American National Woman Suffrage Association, the parade paved the way for increasingly aggressive tactics, and the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, effective on August 26, 1920.

We owe much to the brave women who upended Washington, D.C. a century ago.

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