Grandmother Edna Kearns sends report back from 1913 suffrage parade: Marguerite’s Musings

MusingWagonThe 1913 suffrage centennial events in Washington, DC March 1-3, 2013 has people participating from all over the nation. I can’t be part of it, but I’m “there” in spirit, as is Grandmother Edna Kearns and tens of thousands of our ancestors. The 1913 parade was a visual representation of decades of work on the local, state, and national levels, and this weekend’s centennial parade on Sunday, March 3rd represents the vision of the tens of thousands of grassroots suffrage activists that it took to win the vote for women. They passed the torch to successive generations of activists, and they’re showing up in Washington this weekend.

Grandmother Edna knew that the story had to be preserved, not only for American history but also for us today. Edna sent back reports of the 1913 parade to New York City metropolitan newspapers. Here’s a selection in her own words: LINK. She reported how the marchers were slapped, insulted, and abused as they marched in the streets.

Stay up to date with suffrage stories from Grandmother Edna and news of the suffrage movement from Suffrage Wagon News Channel.


13 responses to “Grandmother Edna Kearns sends report back from 1913 suffrage parade: Marguerite’s Musings

  1. I love love the original newspaper pieces. It brings Edna Kearns to life!!!!

  2. Elizabeth Sands

    Love the personal view of history, especially our history as women.

  3. “She reported how the marchers were slapped, insulted, and abused as they marched in the streets.”

    My understanding is that this was as much at the hands of “ordinary” folks (both men and women opposed to suffrage) as well as the authorities. How sad.

  4. Alicia Brog Little

    I would love to hear more about Grandmother Edna. Would like to adopt her as my grandmother or great-grandmother if you’re into sharing. Keep up the great work, Marguerite.

  5. Its really a sad situation but if it wasn’t for this we would have never had a suffrage. Marching those streets much have been difficult for those who were being abused.

  6. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the streets when this parade went by in 1913.

  7. Most of the stuff I have seen about the parade used internet sources and rehashed what happened. This is cool. Right out of the mouth of someone who actually experienced the parade. I wish history teachers would give this information. When I was in school I memorized dates and a lot about war. This is downright interesting.

  8. The personal way of viewing history is where it’s at.

  9. I love the diversity in the 2013 suffrage parade in Washington, DC and how the young women are really responding to this incredible celebration of women’s history.

  10. Freddie Lippincott

    There’s a lot of tweeting out there about the parade in 1913. Very little has the actual words of those who were there. Love it!

  11. Todd Johnstone

    I wonder if there ever was an apology made by the government or authorities to women who had to suffer and endure such abuse. Seems if it’s a hot potato now, (like some governments now are apologising for past behaviour in the treatment of women, like the Irish work houses last week in the news) . I would be most interested if any public apology was ever made.

  12. Todd, I would be interested to find out if any public apology was ever made too. I guess if not, this just demonstrates the Suffrage subject needs to have more awareness raised and brought to the attention of the governments around the world. It’s an interesting question, and also interesting to see whether the government would see it important enough to make a public apology. I’ve never read if one has already been made.

  13. It’s interesting in the history of the suffrage movement that the women who picketed the White House and went to prison actually get most of the attention today, whereas in their day, they were criticized and shunned in many instances. I think their courage and vision is clearer in hindsight. There was a split between the “tea and crumpets” approach and a bolder “in your face” strategy. I think that any apology was translated into the passage and ratification of the 19th amendment. Alice Paul didn’t receive the recognition she deserved in her lifetime, but she’s certainly getting her due now. And there’s more to come.

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