1913 April 24

Men Invited to Join Suffrage Parade in NYC


Men were invited by suffragists to join their parade on this day, in support of women’s suffrage, which would be held on May 3 in New York City. (This march is not to be confused with the pro-suffrage march nearly two months earlier in Washington, D.C., on March 3, 1913.) Some men indicated that they would march with their wives. March organizers suggested that, for political effect, men march as a group.

The year 1913 marked a new stage in the campaign for a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote. A delegation of suffragists went to Washington, D.C. and met with the newly inaugurated President Woodrow Wilson. Later, in 1917, Alice Paul began an aggressive campaign of picketing the White House to demand a constitutional amendment (January 10, 1917). Paul was arrested in front of the White House on October 20, 1917, and, while incarcerated, went on a hunger strike.

The Nineteenth Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, and women voted in all state and federal elections, including the election for president, for the first time on November 2, 1920.

Watch a documentary on the 1913 suffrage march on Washington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi3mxt1Xhyk

Read Alice Paul’s biography: Mary Walton, A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot (2010)

Read Paul’s Oral History interview: http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/kt6f59n89c/

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