Today in Feminist History: The Largest-Ever Delegation of Suffragists Takes to Congress (April 7, 1913)

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April 7, 1913: Just five weeks after overcoming the riotous conditions that beset their parade and pageant on March 3rd, suffragists from around the country were back in Washington, D.C., today, for another impressive event demanding a Constitutional amendment banning sex discrimination in regard to voting rights.

Though this event was less than one-tenth the size of the previous one, and consisted of only 531 “Votes for Women” advocates, that number was appropriate to the event’s purpose, since each of the 48 States has two Senators, for a total of 96, and there are 435 Representatives in the House.

It was the largest delegation of suffragists ever to call on the 531-member Congress. 

After being given a welcoming speech on the Capitol steps by a U.S. Senator, the marchers entered the Capitol, where they were greeted by Representative James W. Bryan of the…

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