On March 3, 1913, some badass lady suffragists led by Alice Paul held a parade down Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, D.C., right past the White House. Unfortunately, despite their requests for adequate police and military protection, the police downplayed their action and did not provide the support the women needed. Drunk men harassed the women as they marched down the street, calling them outrageous names like a “Georgia Peach” – apparently quite a slur at the time (can we reclaim this one?). The women said the Boy Scouts did more to aid them than the military or police. The appalling treatment of the marchers led to a congressional investigation and ultimately increased support for the cause of suffrage.
Today in Ladies’ History: 100th Anniversary of Suffrage March