Parade marks 100 years since women’s suffrage march

WASHINGTON – One hundred years ago this Sunday, more than 5,000 women marched in Washington for voting rights.

The 1913 women’s suffrage parade was a turning point in the fight for women to win the right to vote, leading eventually to the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment.

“The typical high school American history text book dedicates less than half a page to the battle that was waged by millions of individuals over three generations across seven decades for ‘woman suffrage,'” says Linda Denny, board member with the National Women’s History Museum.

“In Washington, D.C. during three days, March 1 to 3, we will celebrate the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession as an important turning point and renew interest in the legacy of these brave women who made our lives today very different.”

To commemorate that important moment in history, Delta Sigma Theta will lead the Centennial Suffrage March down Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3 at 9:30 a.m.

Opening ceremonies for the parade begin on the west lawn of the Capitol at 9 a.m. The march will end with a rally at the Washington Monument at noon.

WTOP’s Kathy Stewart contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.

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