Sunday, January 31, 2010

Suffrage March

Welcome to Women's Suffrage Week here at OPOD. We sort of kicked things off yesterday with the picture of Alice Paul, a leader in the movement in the 1910's. Today, we continue with this picture, taken in 1917, of a march on the capitol. The picture was taken from the steps of the capitol.

The movement got started around 1850 by Susan B. Anthony and others. They finally got the right to vote in 1920. One wonders why it took the movement so long to be successful. Perhaps there are clues in this picture. Notice how the women are marching quietly in a neat single file line? No yelling, no fists in the air. Perhaps they should have taken some lessons from the thugs over at ACORN. You never see them protesting in a neat single file line. My first advise to this group would be to show up more like an angry mob. Second, notice that all the banners are very neat, but have no words on them. The few that have words are very low contrast, and the words are hard to read. I feel that better signage, and presenting their demonstrations in more of a mob like atmosphere could have potentially knocked 10 years off the effort.


  1. I believe that methods of demonstrating have evolved, and I am sure that PJM's advice is given with that fact in mind.

    In 1917 an angry demonstration would likely have been counter-productive to the Women's Suffrage cause (not to mention landing the demonstrators in jail).

    Seventy years is nearly three generations for mankind. That was a long time. The equal rights movement won a Constitutional amendment within a single generation.

    The photograph is very revealing and interesting.

  2. Looks like a graduation procession at an all womens school.

  3. As Brother Dave said, an angry demonstration would have landed the protesters in jail. As it was, plenty of women did go to jail for requesting the right to vote. One woman's family actually wanted to have her declared insane, and the examining doctor replied that, "Courage in a woman is often mistaken for insanity".

    The banners may have been in various colors, which don't show up in a black and white photo. Some women wore pins with Violet, Opal, Topaz, and Emerald colored stones. VOTE.

  4. +JMJ+

    Something not usually mentioned in discussing the suffragette Susan B. Anthony is that she was adamantly pro-life.

    (I see you had to get a word verification sign in--for every useful new technology, someone will find a way to use it to irritate you! i.e., spammers!)

  5. Women did protest in what was considered a radical way - for the time. :-) There were women who chained themselves to I think the White House or Congress, don't remember off the top of my head, and they did go to jail for it.

    Often the suffrage movement was opposed by the alcohol lobby, because suffragettes and temperance workers were often one and the same. They also embraced racial rights workers in their movement, because if women were given the right to vote, blacks might be recognized as actual people. Every group that had a cause against the rule of white men were united in some way.

    During the prohibition era was probably the best time for suffrage to be passed because the alcohol lobby was powerless to oppose them.

    Thanks for the word ver!

  6. This picture also makes me wonder...there is a woman in the lower right of frame watching the procession. I wonder what women who were not suffragettes thought about the movement?

  7. This procession DOES resemble my daughter's all-girl high school graduation.

  8. I agree. They ARE thugs over at ACORN, aren't they?

    Barry must be so proud.

  9. SmartGirl is really taking the fun out of this website. Political statements do not belong here. Take it to your local paper.