Marching For Women’s Rights

Posted: March 3, 2013 by ERCPCP Blogger in Uncategorized
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Today, March 3, 2013, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage March of 1913.  On this day 100 years ago, one day before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, 5,000 – 8,000 marchers led by lawyer Inez Milholland decided to march in a spirit of protest against the then present political organization of society, from which women were excluded.  Taking part in this March were the 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who, only 2 months after their founding, were the only black women’s organization to walk in the March.

Although the young Founders were criticized for their participation in the suffrage march, none regretted her participation. Florence Letcher Toms commented, “We marched that day in order that women might come into their own, because we believed that women not only needed an education, but they needed a broader horizon in which they may use that education. And the right to vote would give them that privilege.”

GIRL TALK QUESTION OF THE DAY: Some 5,000 to 8,000 women marched from the US Capitol to the White House in the Women’s Suffrage March amidst insults and attacks by angry onlookers and opponents.  If you were living during this time, what do you think you would you have done to further the Women’s Suffrage Movement? Additionally, what are you doing today to further the causes of women?

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