The first major suffrage parade, organized by the Equality League for Self-Supporting Women, took place in New York in 1910.
Thousands of women from all economic groups marched down Fifth Avenue while even larger crowds lined the streets to watch.
Although factory women had taken to the streets before in strike demonstrations, this was the first time upper-class, middle-class, and working-class women marched shoulder to shoulder in a common cause.
In March 1913 the NAWSA stole the headlines from president-elect Woodrow Wilson during inauguration week.
Between 5,000 and 8,000 women, all dressed in white, marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Some men in the watching crowd were so enraged that they attacked the women; the police did not stop them.
The public and the press were horrified.
The organizers of the 1913 march in Washington, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, both had studied in England and were inspired by the British suffragettes, who did not hesitate to provoke riots or break windows to gain headlines for their cause.