Top of page

Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

American Press Association. Youngest Parader in New York City Suffragist Parade, May 4, 1912. Photograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (055.00.00)

The Earliest Marches for Women’s Rights

Open-air political meetings, outdoor processions, and other media-grabbing events challenged existing social conventions of women’s place in public, where streetwalking was associated with prostitution. Resurrecting some of Susan B. Anthony’s earlier tactics and guided by experience gained working with the British campaign, American suffragists held parades in California and Iowa in 1908 and the first large “march” in New York in 1910. Children were included, as they were in this New York parade in May 1912, visually challenging the stigma and demonstrating that mothers needed the vote.