Votes For Women Paperweight

Votes For Women Paperweight

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This handsome glass paperweight is based on a button worn by marchers at the 1913 Women's Suffrage Parade, an event historians later credited with invigorating the suffrage movement with a new wave of inspiration and purpose.
 

Thousands of women gathered in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1913, to call for a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote. Though the movement had been building for more than half a century, this marked the first major national event for the cause. More than five thousand suffragettes marched on Pennsylvania Avenue, along with over 20 floats, nine bands, and four mounted brigades. 

 

 

As the women marched from the U.S. Capitol down Constitution Avenue, they were met by thousands of spectators, many in town for the next day’s inauguration of Woodrow Wilson. When some spectators harassed and attacked the marchers, the police did little to intervene.  By the end of the day, more than 100 women were hospitalized for injuries, leading to  major news coverage and congressional hearings.

 

 

Although the Nineteenth Amendment was not ratified for another seven years, the parade gave expression to the nation-wide demand for a Constitutional amendment enfranchising women. 
The button with the Votes for Women slogan is now housed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. 
This unique desk accessory has a felt bottom; 3-3/8 wide x 1-1/2 deep.
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