Wednesday, February 27, 2013

5A. Washington Centennial [12]

Several Washington-based women's groups are sponsoring a 100th anniversary of the suffrage parade that greeted Woodrow Wilson on the even of his inauguration. He refused to support Votes for Women (the Anthony Amendment) and the parade was intended to promote his support. All of this is posted on the website

The events in Washington start on February 28 (Thursday - tomorrow) and go through Sunday, when the parade is re-enacted. I plan to be there on February 28, March 2 and March 3. I must be in NYC on March 1. I can be reached by email at › American MemoryShare
Suffrage Parade 3/3/13 [Inez Milholland Boissevain]. ... Soon, however, the crowds, mostly men in town for the following day's inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, ....American Woman Suffrage Association paradeWashington, D.C., March 3, ...

The Suffrage Centennial Celebration in Washington will re-enact the parade of 5,000 suffragists, who braved 500,000 onlookers, including many hostile and physically violent men, on March 3, 1913, with a single public demand, the right to vote! The Celebration begins Thursday, February 28 and continues through March 3.

The weekend events include exhibits, speakers, panels, movies, special programs. See historic places and treasures found only in the nation’s capital including the 19thAmendment to the U.S. Constituent at the National Archives and the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, the historic headquarters of the National Woman’s Party.

See suffragists picket the White House once more at noontime - 10 am to 2 pm (the picketing was launched in 1917, immediately after a group of NWP women went to President Wilson with memorials on the death of Inez Milholland two months before.  Wilson ridiculed their lack of political savvy and that provoked a backlash. At that time the National Woman's Party was located across Lafayette Square from the White House, so they went back to HQ and decided to turn around and start picketing until Wilson agreed to support suffrage. That picketing led to arrests, then imprisonment, then a hunger strike. Public opinion shifted and Wilson changed his mind (as he did on the other major issue of 1916, going to war with Germany). The Congress passed the 19th Amendment, Wilson signed it, and it was ratified by the last required state in 1920. This ended a 72-year struggle (dating from the Seneca Falls Convention) by three generations and millions of women. 

Come honor and learn about the women behind the historic victory that gave women the power to vote.  See for complete information and details.  Join the parade-- -Suffrage Centennial March  down Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday at 9:00 am. Register at:

Google "Inez Milholland" and you will find many of my blogposts on this great woman, one of the American  Heroines of the 20th century. Or go to and click on "Inez Milholland".

Here is a synoptic view of the events (exhibits not included) of the weekend. It is meant for volunteers, but it will tell you what the main events are, how long they will take, and where they take place.
Meeting Place for Volunteers
Thurs, February 28th
5:15 pm to 7,
party over by 9
Silent Sentinels at NPC
National Press Club ("NPC")
529 14th Street NW
Meet in street level lobby of office building
TPSM Board at NPC
Go to cocktail party on 13th floor
Fri.March 1st 
 5:15 pm to
6:30 pm
Embassy of Finland
NEC of 34th Street and Mass Avenue NW
Embassy is 3301 Mass Avenue NW
Sat. March 2nd
8:30 am
To 5:15 pm
Table at AAUW
AAUW lobby
1111 16th Street NW (NEC 16th and L Streets)
March 2nd 9:30 am
To 2 pm
White House with NPC
White House Gates
160 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Sunday March 3rd 8:30 am
Till noon??
U.S. Botanic Gardens  -  at the main sign/entrance
100 Maryland Avenue SW
Near Reflecting Pond and Russell House Bldg.
Near 1st and Independence Avenue SW
Parade starting point is West Lawn of Capitol

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