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Golden Lane Women's Suffrage ad, 1916 | by Missouri Historical Society
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Golden Lane Women's Suffrage ad, 1916

Call for participants for the Golden Lane Women's Suffrage Demonstration at the 1916 Democratic National Convention in St. Louis. From the back cover of "The Missouri Woman," May 1916. Missouri History Museum Library. N23856.


In June 1916 the Democratic National Convention was held in St. Louis. On the first day of the convention, June 14th, thousands of suffragists lined the streets between the delegate hotel and the convention hall standing silently as the delegates walked a symbolic gauntlet. This "Golden Lane" of women wore white dresses, carried yellow parasols, and wore yellow sashes emblazoned with suffragist slogans. While the demonstration did not result in an enthusiastic adoption of suffrage by the Democrats, it did attract lots of press coverage and helped spread the cause.

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