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 • Read More »
This week marks the 150 year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing a multitude of slaves.
The photo, one of three taken at about the same moment, shows Jane Burleson, the grand marshal of the Washington suffrage parade, standing with five other marshals sometime before the parade began at 3 p.m. on March 3, 1913. Burleson is standing third from the right along with parade marshals (left to right according to what’s on the picture itself) Mrs. Russell McLennan, Althea Taft, Louise Bridges, Alberta Hill and Miss F. Ragsdale. What is immediately striking to modern viewers about this pictures is the hats the women are wearing. But there’s much more to see than the hats.
One of the great pleasures of putting together the book Seeing Suffrage: The 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade, Its Photographs, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape was taking a close look at the photographs that were available for the book. They were interesting and beautiful. But there was one that stands out as my favorite.