Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession - March 3, 1913.jpg

Up to 8,000 women’s suffrage supporters march up Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC for women’s rights, including the vote. The march is a milestone in the history of women’s rights in the United States.

The parade’s purpose, stated in its official program, was to “march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded.” Wikipedia

A new U.S. ten-dollar bill with parade imagery is planned for circulation in 2026.  According to Wikipedia, the Alexander Hamilton (his “rep” enhanced by the success of the Broadway production, Hamilton)  will remain on the front of the bill, while the reverse will “feature the heroines of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States, including Susan B. AnthonyAlice PaulSojourner TruthElizabeth Cady StantonLucretia Mott, and the participants of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession who marched in Washington D.C. in favor of full voting rights for American women.”

Due to the pandemic’s curtailing of the celebration of 100 years since gaining the vote, last years women’s history month theme “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced,” will continue this year. Given efforts to restrict, limit voting and voting access (and the subsequent disenfranchisement) being considered by state legislatures across the United States, there is a an eerie sense of deja vu and immediacy about reprising this theme.