“Welcome to Petitioners to U.S. Senate, July 31, 1913,” Hyattsville, M.D.
Suffragists tried new tactics in 1913. In March, just before President Woodrow Wilson’s first inauguration, they staged a grand parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capital. In July, women’s rights activists from every state met in Hyattsville, Maryland, for an automobile rally to deliver petitions to the U.S. Senate.
Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
Working for Woman Sufferage
From 1848 at a convention in Seneca Falls, New York, and continuing into the 20th century, several generations of woman suffragists worked tirelessly for the right to vote. Over time, they employed different strategies—some worked for a constitutional amendment, and others pursued suffrage state by state. Tactics included petitions, parades, public speaking, civil disobedience, imprisonment and hunger strikes. Women finally achieved suffrage in 1920 with ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing them the right to vote.