In the early 20th century American Suffragists held many organized marches to voice their support for a woman’s right to vote. This fight for the right to vote was picked up by many news outlets including The New York Times, which gave the movement national attention.
Alice Paul, who was a dedicated activist of woman’s rights, planned the demonstration. Paul was committed to the idea that men and women should have equal rights. She organized the World Woman’s Party that campaigned for equal rights on an international basis along with founding the National Woman’s Party. Paul also authored the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, which finally passed in 1970, granting voting rights for women in the United States. This occasion had 24 floats, 9 bands, 6 chariots etc. as the parade went from the Capitol to the Treasury building the day before the presidential inauguration. The attention President-elect Woodrow Wilson received paled in comparison.
The procession received an unprecedented amount of attention over President Woodrow Wilson who arrived on the same day of the parade for the presidential inauguration, receiving almost no attention.
The event program featuring artwork by Ben M. Dale advertised what became one of the most notable Women’s suffrage events. The cover depicts a woman riding on a white horse wearing elegant attire while blowing a trumpet with a banner draped over it reading “votes for women”. On exhibit at Smithsonian National Museum of American History until October 2013, the program shares a display with items that reveal the impact of the event from the costumes worn to banners, sashes, postcards, letters and photographs.
---- Dylan Planeta