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Demonstration for women’s rights: 1970 # 2

The first national demonstration for women’s rights in over 50 years shown on Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, DC August 26, 1970.


The demonstration was called on the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage.


Groups ranging from the League of Women Voters to the Black Panther Party participated in the protest march. The marchers had also called for a national strike by women on that day.


Speakers at the main rally called for passage of an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, liberalized abortion laws, an end to the capitalist system and freedom for black people.


A march later that day to the Women’s Detention Center was sponsored by the Women’s Liberation Movement, Black Panther Party and other left of center groups ended with a call to “Free Our Sisters, Free Our Selves.”


For additional photos related to the August 26, 1970 march for women's rights, see


Photo by Warren K. Leffler. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-03425 (digital file from original)

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Taken on August 26, 1970