Women March in Washington - Wilson Inauguration

Woodrow Wilson is about to be inaugurated as America's 28th President when women across the country gather to march in protest the day before his swearing-in.

The suffrage movement is more than six decades old by this point—in March of 1913—but only six U.S. states have given women the right to vote:

  • Wyoming;
  • Colorado
  • Utah;
  • Idaho;
  • Washington;
  • California.

Women in all the other states remain disenfranchised.

Although various women's groups throughout the country do not always agree on the issues of the day, they can surely unite on the right to vote. Inspired by Alice Paul's idea to march in Washington, D.C. on the day before Woodrow Wilson is sworn-in, women and their supporters plan their protest march.

Organizers of the march are not content to just rally other women to the cause. They want to make this protest memorable, with colorful floats, signs, speakers and programs. They will have a built-in crowd consisting of people who've traveled to Washington to observer Wilson's inauguration and its related festivities.

On March 4, 1913—Wilson's inauguration day (and the day after the protest March)—Winsor McCay (a famous cartoonist and animator who created, among other things, "Little Nemo" and "Gertie the Dinosaur") publishes his drawing of the suffragettes' march. It appears in the New York Evening Journal.

The Library of Congress has a copy of McCay's drawing and provides this title and summary:

Suffrage march line—How thousands of women parade today at Capitol

Women marchers organized by country, state, occupation, and organization, led by Miss Inez Milholland and Mrs. Richard Coke Burleson, during the suffrage march, March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jan 18, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Sep 01, 2017

Media Credits

Microfilm of Winsor McCay drawing, published in the "New York Evening Journal" on March 4, 1913 (at page 2, column 4), online via the Library of Congress. Library of Congress reproduction number LC-DIG-ppmsca-02946 (scan from b&w copy photo in Publishing Office). Public Domain due to passage of time.


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