Newseum Opens “Marching for Women's Rights”

On Friday, March 1, the Newseum will open a free outdoor exhibit called "Marching for Women's Rights,"a display featuring images of historic front pages that chronicle the women's suffrage movement and the landmark March 3, 1913, suffrage parade in Washington. The exhibit coincides with the 100th anniversary of the parade, in which more than 5,000 suffragists and other supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue demanding the right to vote. "Marching for Women's Rights" will appear in the front pages cases outside the Newseum at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., from March 1 to March 14, 2013.

The exhibit spotlights 14 newspaper front pages tracing the evolution of the women's suffrage movement, along with images and photos from the era, including a New York Evening Journal illustration of the parade and its seven divisions, 26 floats and more than 5,000 marchers. The front pages detail the peaceful start of the parade and how it quickly turned violent after hostile crowds blocked the parade and began taunting the marchers as the police looked on. Inside the Newseum a special brochure will be available during Women's History Month to guide visitors to stories of "Newsmaking Women" throughout the museum.

As part of the 100th anniversary commemoration, the Newseum will host two special "Inside Media" programs. On Saturday, March 2, Matthew Goodman will discuss his book "Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World," which chronicles the journalists' dramatic 1889 race that would span 28,000 miles and captivate the nation. On Sunday, March 3, author Maurine Beasley will discuss her new book "Women of the Washington Press" and the discrimination faced by female journalists from the 1830s to the present. The programs begin at 2:30 p.m. each day in the Newseum's Knight TV Studio. "Inside Media" programs are free with paid admission to the Newseum, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.




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