Press Releases


For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2013

Contact: Hazel Bland Thomas
(202) 491-9245

As women from across the nation and around the world gather in Washington, DC to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade, the National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) called for renewed attention to the pressing need to vigorously expand and enforce voting rights across the country. According to Janice Davis NFDW President, “the Suffrage Centennial Celebration, March 1-3, underscores the continued plight of women, the elderly and people of color across the country who — even now — are subjected to discriminatory barriers and denied equal access to voting.” The NFDW applauds the members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and will join them as they retrace the steps of the Suffrage Parade starting from the West Side of the Capitol, Sunday, March 3 at 8:30 a.m.

Members of the local D.C. Federation of Democratic Women (DCFDW) will also lend their voice to the Suffrage March as they continue their fight for budget autonomy and statehood in the District of Columbia, frequently referred to as the “Last Reservation,” because like the women in 1913, DC residents have no voting representation in halls of Congress. They recognize that disenfranchisement takes on many faces. The lengthy, dangerous and often deadly civil rights struggle which culminated with signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 into law; ushered in new hope, not only for African Americans, but also for every citizen confident in the fundamental right of free and fair elections.

Yet, as recently as February 27, 2013, Justice Antonin Scalia called re-authorization of the voting rights act “a perpetuation of racial entitlement.” Just as grievous, conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested that sections of the Voting Rights Act had “run its course” and questioned whether there was an ongoing need in 2013 for voting rights laws whereby certain states have to get approval before making changes in the way elections are held. We applaud the Deltas for highlighting the continued need to protect the voting rights of women and all Americans and encourage citizens throughout the country to take an active role in safeguarding voting rights. DC Federation President Estell Lloyd, reiterated, “We encourage residents throughout the District and metro area to join the re-enactment of the Suffrage Parade of 1913, because a march for Suffrage is a show of re-commitment to voting rights for all.”

For more information about the National Federation of Democratic Women, contact President Janice Davis at

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