One day before President Woodrow Wilson took office, Alice Paul led a group of women protesters in support of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. By the end of the day, over 100 women had to be hospitalized for injuries.
Despite being told to march at the back of the parade with a black procession, on March 3, 1919, 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority formed together to be included in the parade. The Women’s Suffrage Parade was one of the first missions the women set out to accomplish. During the protest, the women were spat upon, pushed, tripped, and shoved, and the police allowed it to happen. However, the women did not give up; they finished the parade.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett, also a member of Delta Sigma Theta and anti-lynching crusader, founded the Alpha Suffrage Club of Chicago, the first African American women’s suffrage organization. Her members joined her in marching for women’s suffrage at the 1913 parade in Washington.
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