Photo: White House Suffrage Demonstration


This photo shows crowds gathered outside the White House for a suffrage demonstration on January 13, 1919. During the protest shown in the photo, 22 women were arrested.

The watch fires of freedom marked a return of woman suffrage pickets to the White House. They burned copies of President Woodrow Wilson's speeches in small cauldrons calling attention to his hypocrisy in touting democratic principles abroad while simultaneously refusing to secure the Senate votes needed to pass the woman suffrage amendment.

The nineteenth amendment to the Constitution enfranchising women was ratified in August 1920.

Date Made: 1919Associated Date: 1919

Associated Institution: National Woman's Party

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: District of ColumbiaAssociated Place: United States: District of Columbia

Subject: Women's Suffrage, Equal Rights Amendment, Voting Rights, Women's History, March, Rally, Demonstration, or Other

See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Women's History Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, Woman Suffrage


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Credit Line: Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.3016.063Catalog Number: 1991.3016.063Nonaccession Number: 1991.3016

Object Name: photograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 6 1/2 in x 7 in; 16.51 cm x 17.78 cm


Record Id: nmah_1102674

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