Today in Feminist History: A Suffrage Procession for the Ages (April 18, 1910)

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April 18, 1910: This has certainly been a busy day for the National American Woman Suffrage Association!

Before the morning was over, convention delegates re-elected Reverend Anna Howard Shaw as N.A.W.S.A.’s President, and had begun a procession of nearly fifty automobiles to Capitol Hill.

The motorized parade carried petitions signed by over 404,000 citizens who want the Susan B. Anthony Amendment (which would bar sex discrimination in regard to voting rights nationwide) passed by Congress, then sent to the 46 States for ratification. Approval by 3/4 (35) would make the Anthony Amendment the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, unless the Income Tax Amendment, already submitted to the States on July 12th of last year, is ratified first.

The caravan got off to a bit of a late start due to a change of plans. Originally, the petitions were all together in one huge…

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