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Prison? Forced-Feeding? That’s what it took to get women the right to vote. https://t.co/9dTCf4ojEk

Horse-drawn floats, trumpeters, banners, and thousands of marchers. Everything was ready for the woman suffrage movement’s biggest splash yet: a parade down Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue on the eve of Woodrow Wilson’s 1913 inauguration. Then trouble started. The women found their route barred by scores of men, some visibly drunk. Soon, the hecklers were yelling at the suffragists, even shoving, hitting, and spitting at them while police stood idle or joined in the abuse. The nightmare ended only when the cavalry arrived to break up the crowd. Alice Paul had orchestrated the parade to garner attention and breathe new energy into the suffrage movement. She was more successful than she expected: The violence against the marchers and the congressional hearings that followed ultimately magnified the event’s impact. This mistreatment by police “was probably the best thing tha...

Full article: https://www.npca.org/articles/1163-an-audacious-fight

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