Woman Suffrage Postcard, 1913

Description
Several different scenes of the 1913 suffrage parade and pageant in Washington, DC were available on postcards, a popular souvenir. The parade’s floats and marching sections represented women’s organizations and the progress of women’s rights. The tableau on the steps of the U.S. Treasury building illustrated the ideals of Justice, Charity, Liberty, Peace, and Hope.
On the day before the 1913 presidential inauguration, more than 5,000 women marched up Pennsylvania Avenue demanding the right to vote. Women from around the country came to Washington in a show of strength and determination to obtain the ballot. More than 10,000 spectators crowded the parade route. Some were simply boisterous but others were hostile. They spilled past the barriers and off the sidewalks, clogging Pennsylvania Avenue. Police officers were unable or unwilling to hold back the crowds and after the first four blocks the parade stalled as the marchers couldn’t pass through the mob. A cavalry unit from Fort Myer was finally called in to restore order and the parade finished hours late. The public was horrified, and a one-day event became an ongoing story, with demands for an investigation of the police department’s failure to protect the women.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
postcard
associated dates
1913-03-03
associated institution
National Woman's Party
associated person
Paul, Alice
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
average spatial: 3 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 13.97 cm
associated place
United States: District of Columbia
ID Number
1991.3016.075
catalog number
1991.3016.075
nonaccession number
1991.3016
subject
Women's Suffrage
Government, Politics, and Reform
Equal Rights Amendment
Voting Rights
Woman Suffrage
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Women's History Collection
Woman Suffrage
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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