New York Suffrage Parades: Song of the Women

We stand on the shoulders of many activists who came before us. The women's suffrage movement was a nonviolent movement for social change that took 144 years from the Declaration of Independence and 72 years from the Declaration of Sentiments conference in Seneca Falls in 1848.

The poem, "The Song of the Women" by Florence Kiper is the text for this video featuring New York City women's suffrage parades. The most well-known suffrage parade was in March 1913 at the time of the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. The parade featured an estimated 8,000 women, and there was a men's division. In 1917 civil disobedience associated with picketing the White House and women being imprisoned and forcefed led to the passage and ratification of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution.

Read by Marguerite Kearns with music by Kevin MacLeod and images from the Library of Congress. Part of the video collection from Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

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