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1913 Suffrage Parade Postcards

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265
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$25 USD
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1913 Woman Suffrage Parade Postcards
(25 Postcards) 6" x 4"
This image was used as the cover of the Official Program, Woman Suffrage Parade, Washington, D.C. March 3, 1913. 
The U.S. Capitol is in the background at right. 
A woman on a white horse leads the procession. The banner on the woman's long horn says "Votes for Women." The marcher following the woman on the horse is wearing a white dress and a red, white and blue ribbon.

The Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913 brought the issue of voting rights for women to the forefront of national discussion. On Monday, March 3, 1913, lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain, clad in a white cape and riding a white horse, led the great women's suffrage parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation's capital. Behind her stretched a long procession, including nine bands, four mounted brigades, three heralds, more than 20 floats and more than 5,000 marchers. Women from countries that had enfranchised women held the place of honor in the first section of the procession. Then came the "pioneers" who had struggled for so many decades to secure women's right to vote. The next sections celebrated working women, who were grouped by occupation and wore appropriate garb -- nurses in uniform, woman farmers, homemakers, woman doctors and pharmacists, actresses, librarians -- Harriet Hifton of the Library of Congress's Copyright Division led the librarians' contingent -- and college women in academic gowns. Next came the state delegations and, finally, the separate section for male supporters of woman suffrage. According to the official program of the suffrage procession, all had come from around the country "to march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded."

 

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