The 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade: Jane Burleson, the grand marshal of the parade

Jane Burleson, grand marshall of the 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade

Jane Burleson, grand marshall of the 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade

Women’s History Month:

The 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade was led by Jane Burleson, the grand marshall of the parade. Burleson was a well-known horsewoman in Washington, and her confidence in the saddle is evident from this picture.

Burleson led more than 5,000 parade participants up Pennsylvania Avenue and into a melee that changed the direction of the suffrage movement.

More about the parade can be found in Seeing Suffrage​: The 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade, Its Pictures and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape here:

Burleson herself came to a sad end. In the 1930s she shot and killed the wife of her ex-husband and spent several years in a South Carolina prison. Afterwards, she lived in Galveston, Texas, until she died in the 1950s. As a convicted felon, she was unable to vote.

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