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Benjamin Moran Dale : “Official Program – Woman Suffrage Procession, Washington D.C.” (1913)

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Benjamin Morgan Dale’s cover illustration for the official program of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession depicts the labor lawyer Inez Miholland leading the march atop a white horse — which, indeed, she did, albeit wearing a white cape and crown, rather than the more elaborate vestments pictured here. The event, attended by ten bands, five mounted brigades, 26 floats and around 8,000 marchers, took place on the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. Though met by constant harassment from mostly male spectators — which the police did little to hinder — they were successful in bringing the issue of voting rights for women to the forefront of national discussion. In 1920 Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote, but the struggle for gender quality, and its attendant marches, were far from over.

(Image Restoration by Adam Cuerden.)

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