Woman Suffrage Parade Cape, 1913

This cape was worn by Jennie Griswold as a member of a cavalry unit during the 1913 suffrage march in Washington, D.C.
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Griswold, Jennie M.
Physical Description
flannelette (outside material)
cambric (inside material)
black (outside color)
yellow (inside color)
overall: 117 cm x 56 cm; 46 1/16 in x 22 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Women's Suffrage
Government, Politics, and Reform
Woman Suffrage
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection
Woman Suffrage
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Jennie Griswold

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