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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.