The Hikers

Title

The Hikers

Description

16 women really did walk to Washington to participate in the original Women’s March, on the occasion of Woodrow Wilson’s 1913 inauguration.

“General” Rosalie Jones led the contingent, which left New York City in February. She’s at far left w/the megaphone. 📣🧵

They walked for 20 days, speaking and distributing suffrage leaflets as they went. It's 200 miles now and it was 200 miles then, but the footwear was a lot less forgiving. This horse and carriage were their traveling billboard.

Rosalie tested this publicity stunt just 2 months prior, leading a contingent from NYC to Albany to present a petition to the governor. (By 1912, NY was an outlier in denying women the vote: most western states had full suffrage; in others we could vote in local elections.)

Rosalie's mother tried to insist she turn back -- not just for fear of blisters. Rosalie was from a wealthy family and her mother belonged to the NY Anti-Suffrage Association. 🙀 She clearly didn’t know her daughter very well: Rosalie refused. She made it to Albany, and later DC.

The march succeeded: it heightened anticipation of the DC rally and demonstrated that women weren’t too frail for a grueling trek. It also helped a working woman prove herself: reporter Emma Bugbee of the NY Trib, who joined the march to get the story

Creator

Daily Suffragist

Date

03/04/2020

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Citation

Daily Suffragist, “The Hikers,” Daily Suffragist, accessed September 21, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/260.

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