Today in Feminist History: A Suffrage Parade! (April 20, 1912)

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April 20, 1912: What a busy day it’s been at two Manhattan suffrage offices, as the day of the big parade approaches!

It’s just two weeks away, so a lot of work still needs to be done before somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 marchers are expected to take to the streets in the largest and most elaborate woman suffrage pageant ever presented.

Suffrage parades began four years ago, when about two dozen brave members of the Progressive Woman Suffrage Union defied custom – and police – by marching a few blocks up Broadway on February 16, 1908. In 1910 the idea was tried again, with the number of marchers increased to 400. Last year the rapid growth continued, and 3,000 stepped off.

Thanks to annual repetition, favorable publicity, and official city permission making the idea seem less radical, more and more people and organizations are now taking part. The victory…

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