On March 3, 1913, the first women's suffrage parade took place. It took place in Washington D.C. and many women protested that. The National American Woman Suffrage Association organized the event.
WE WANT TO VOTE!!
WE DEMAND AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE U.S. ENFRANCHISING THE WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY
The masterminds behind this parade were Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. These two were educated not only in protests, but had participated in hunger strikes prior to the parade. They were not afraid of provoking people and were well aware of the consequences, but they saw it as necessary to forward their movement for women's suffrage.
Yeah! Since the Seneca Falls Convention, NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE
We NEED to do something about! We need to forward the women's right movement.
As the streets began to flood with a diverse amount of women, there was a much bigger problem at hand. Security was not able to maintain all the drunk men from attacking the innocent protesters.
I am out of beer
WE WANT EQUAL RIGHTS
What are those *hiccup* wooomeeen dooiingg
Though there were men that were supportive of the women who were protesting, the a majority of men ridiculed the women, often spitting on them and insulting them, as well as harassing them. Although the police did very little to stop such acts and stop men from flooding the streets (because they were not allowed unless they were protesting), the Boy Scouts did more than the police, hitting trespassers with their batons to move them away from the rally.
Where are the officers? The ones who are supposed to protect us
You don't reeeaaallyy think yooouu can make *hiccup* change, you're just a WOMAN
Although the women had already suffered, the parade did catch the attention of then President Wilson. Only up until 1918, President Wilson decided to that it was finally time for change.
It's time we finally take action!
Mr. President, what shall you do about women's suffrage.
After that year, the 19 Amendment was eventually ratified, forbidding discrimination based on sex when it comes to voting, allowing women to finally be able to vote. This event paved way for future women's rights protests, as they continued to fight for equality in many other aspects.