I can’t tell you how happy I am to see the interest and attention increasing over the planned events in March 1-3, 2013, in Washington, DC to commemorate the centennial of the 1913 big suffrage parade.
It’s when Grandmother Edna Kearns met Alice Paul for the first time, though they did have similar cultural roots as Quakers. Grandfather Wilmer marched in the men’s division. Young Serena Kearns was at her mother Edna’s side as part of a Quaker delegation, all of them in traditional dress. Edna wrote about the experience for New York City newspapers. The movement needed the press.
Suffrage hikers stormed into Washington (including Rosalie Jones, Elizabeth Freeman and others), excited from all the press coverage. The suffrage parade itself was a masterpiece of planning, vision, and symbolism. And the reaction and resistance to the suffrage message equally strong. People kept on talking about the suffrage activists who simply wouldn’t give up.
The centennial celebrations in Washington this year are expected to be great. And 2013 is the centennial for Grandmother Edna’s suffrage wagon. Everywhere I turn, there’s something else.
“One Billion Rising” is set for February 14th this year, and it’s the dream realized from our suffrage ancestors. We’re participating. Make sure you do as well. LINK. I’m putting together a tribute to Susan B. Anthony this month. Make sure you’re subscribed to Suffrage Wagon. LINK. Alice Paul will get considerable attention during March and Women’s History Month because of the centennial celebration of the 1913 suffrage parade. Schedule and other information concerning this exciting upcoming event. LINK. New videos are posted regularly on Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Take a look.
I should have been at the centennial suffrage parade, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it because of some personal matter. I wish I could have been there, because it seems like it was a huge success and I would have love to added to the number of women present on that day. Oh well, I’m still very happy that everything was great and that it got so much publicity. Every one of us can make a difference every day, so I’ll make up for my absence in other ways.