A genius for publicity


A genius for publicity


Had the 1913 march gone flawlessly it would have been less of a success. Alice Paul immediately realized that the violent disruption and police indifference were a gift.

On Inauguration Day, suffrage dominated the headlines. 🧵

“WILSON TAKES OFFICE TO-DAY AS 28TH PRESIDENT--Slips Quietly Into the Capital While Suffragists Are Parading” @nytimes on March 4, 1913

While Wilson gave his inaugural address, suffragists leafleted the crowd demanding a Congressional inquiry.

A Senate subcommittee began investigating before the week was over. This kept the march in the news for weeks.

Friday, March 7: “Police Idly Watched Abuse of Women--Shocking Insults to Suffrage Paraders Testified To at Washington Inquiry” -NYTimes

Monday, March 10--a full week later: The Sacramento Bee ran a photo above the fold 👇

The Senate inquiry went on for a month. 40 women testified, of the 8,000 women who marched, as did numerous spectators and police officers. The proceedings were chaired by Sen. Wesley Jones of Washington. He was accountable to women in his state, who had won the vote in 1910.

The full inquest was published - it ran to 600 pages. Great descriptions in @tinacassidy2 & @EllenDuBois10’s recent books: while the Senate found the police had acted with indifference, Chief Wm Sylvester was exonerated. This infuriated the suffragists, generating more protest.

The long-dormant Senate Committee on Woman Suffrage was reinstated -- and composed of Senators from the suffrage states. Alice Paul & Lucy Burns had clamped jumper cables to the federal effort, and restarted it. #Suffrage100 #CenturyofStruggle #VotesforWomen


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Daily Suffragist, “A genius for publicity,” Daily Suffragist, accessed July 12, 2024, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/433.

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