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Marching for Women’s Rights
100th Anniversary of the Suffrage Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue
On display at the Newseum from March 1 to 14, 2013
To mark the 100th anniversary of the 1913 women’s suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., the Newseum will host a special free exhibit that chronicles this landmark event in the history of women’s rights through historic newspaper front pages and images. The exhibit will appear in the display cases on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the Newseum from March 1 to 14, 2013.
On March 3, 1913, the day before President Woodrow Wilson’s first inauguration, more than 5,000 suffragists marched through hostile crowds on Pennsylvania Avenue demanding the right to vote for women. Astride a white horse at the head of the march was 26-year-old lawyer Inez Milholland. Her image as “the woman on the horse” became an enduring symbol of the women’s movement. American women won the right to vote in 1920.
As part of the centennial commemoration, the Newseum also will host special “Inside Media” programs focusing on women’s history during the anniversary weekend. On March 2 at 2:30 p.m., Matthew Goodman will talk about New York World reporter Nellie Bly’s 1889 assignment to circle the globe in 75 days, and on March 3 at 2:30 p.m., Maurine Beasley will discuss the discrimination faced by female journalists in Washington since the 1830s. Both programs are free with regular paid admission.