Kathleen Parker’s current column in the Washington Post recounts a meeting launching a documentary about women in America:
The purpose of the Thursday-evening gathering in a private home was to celebrate “Makers: The Women Who Make America,” a multiplatform video production from PBS, AOL and Makers.com that launched in February.
One of the stories that should be told — and probably will be if this documentary is any good — is that of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, who in one afternoon, changed the tenor and trajectory of the women’s suffrage debate that eventually led to the 19th Amendment that allowed women to vote.
Paul and Burns organized a giant women’s suffrage parade that had more than 5,000 women (and some men) march up Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the U.S. Treasury building on March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as President. More than 250,000 spectators watched.
The events of that day and their aftermath — too numerous and complex to be recounted here — took the issue of suffrage from one of ridicule to one of serious political consideration. It was an extraordinary achievement for the two young women and their cohorts.
Let’s hope we hear more about them.
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