The day after Trump is sworn in, thousands of women will march on Washington. They're in good companyby Jessica Abrahams / November 17, 2016 / Leave a comment
On 21st January 2017, the day after Donald Trump is due to be sworn in as the next President of the United States, one of the biggest women’s rights demonstrations in US history is being planned.
In protest at the attitude towards women and women’s rights that the president-elect has shown, and amid concern about what his presidency could mean for women, activists are hoping to bring together hundreds of thousands of people to march on Washington, with plans for satellite protests emerging around the country.
Prospect takes a look back at some of the biggest women’s rights demonstrations in history and what they achieved.
1913, United States: Woman Suffrage Parade
On 3rd March 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as US President, up to 8,000 suffragists paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue—which passes the White House—to demand the right for women to vote. It may not seem huge by today’s standards but this was the first major suffrage protest in the US and it was a dramatic affair featuring nine marching bands and 20 floats.
The parade drew crowds of onlookers who far outnumbered the protesters, and many of whom were hostile to the women’s cause. Jeering and violence followed, resulting in the hospitalisation of 100 protesters by the end of the day, while police did little to help.