Saturday's Women's March on Washington won't be the first of its kind to make history in a big way. The fight for women's rights dates back hundreds of years, providing feminists with countless role models from nearly every decade. If you want to channel the original women suffragists' words in your Women's March sign, you have some stellar options to choose from.
Prior to Woodrow Wilson's presidential inauguration in 1913, thousands of women crowded the streets in the nation's capital to march for women's suffrage. According to Smithsonian.com, though a total of 5,000 women marched the streets of Washington, up to 500,000 people flocked to watch. It wasn't until nearly seven years later that the 19th Amendment was ratified, officially guaranteeing women from every state the right to vote. Today, women still have a long fight ahead of them.
Now, over 100 years later, Saturday's Women's March is advocating for an array of causes that fit under an umbrella of inclusivity and feminism. According to the march's Unity Principles, they include promoting peace, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers' rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. And it's hard to think of a better source of inspiration than the women who first took on Washington D.C. to demand their rights. Here are some Women's March sign ideas that channel the first women's suffragists:
1. Lucy Stone On Women's Influence
2. Lucy Stone On Being Fearless
3. Susan B. Anthony On "We The People"
4. Susan B. Anthony On Disruption
5. Elizabeth Cady Stanton On Conservatism
I received this picture via email from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's great, great granddaughter - love it! pic.twitter.com/lPE9mno6ue— Penny Colman (@PennyColman_) January 20, 2017
6. Elizabeth Cady Stanton On Courage
7. Alice Paul On The World Order
8. Alice Paul On True Democracy
9. Sojourner Truth On Equal Rights
10. Alva Belmont On Breaking The Status Quo
11. Lucretia Mott On Privilege
The energy created when women mobilize is powerful and can't be ignored. In the case of the Women's March on Washington, both women and men will be demanding a variety of rights, thanks in part to what the nation's original suffragists accomplished decades ago and continue to inspire.