Today in Feminist History: “The Time for Us to Get Action Is Now” (July 31, 1913)

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Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.


July 31, 1913: It was certainly an inspiring sight earlier today when a huge caravan of over 60 decorated automobiles, carrying suffrage activists and 85,000 signatures on suffrage petitions gathered from citizens of all 48 States, assembled in Hyattsville, Maryland.

They then drove into D.C. to deliver their petitions to the U.S. Senate. These advocates for our cause had been traveling around various parts of the country in small caravans until converging on Hyattsville to begin the final procession.

The town displayed its enthusiasm for the cause with a widespread…

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