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Suffrage Hikes

Suffrage hikers in Newark, New Jersey in 1913

The Suffrage Hikes of 1912 to 1914 brought attention to the issue of Manhattan to Albany, New York.[2][3] The second hike was from New York City to Washington, D.C., and covered 230 miles in 17 days.[4][5]


  • Participants 1
  • 1912 Suffrage Hike to Albany 2
  • 1913 Suffrage Hike to Washington 3
    • Itinerary 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5


The major participants of the hikes, and the ones who covered the entire distance, were reporter Emma Bugbee,[6] Ida Craft (nicknamed The Colonel),[7] Elisabeth Freeman,[8] and Rosalie Gardiner Jones, who was known as The General.[8]

1912 Suffrage Hike to Albany

It began on Monday morning at 9:40 am, December 16, 1912, and left from the 242nd street subway station in Manhattan, where about 500 women had gathered. About 200, including the newspaper correspondents, started to walk north. The march continued for thirteen days, through sun and rain and snow covering a distance of 170 miles, including detours for speeches. The first 5 pilgrims walked into Albany at 4:00 pm, December 28, 1912.[3][9]

1913 Suffrage Hike to Washington


See also


  1. ^ "Marching for the Vote".  
  2. ^ "Gen. Jones's Hike Starts. Her Suffragist Army Will Carry a Petition tO Albany." (PDF).  
  3. ^ a b  
  4. ^ "Media Stunts for Suffrage". Retrieved 2009-07-30. The most arduous media stunt was the 'Suffrage Hike' or 'pilgrimage' to Wilson’s first Inauguration in the winter of 1913. Organized by millionaire heiress Rosalie Jones, the hike coincided with a large parade that  
  5. ^ "Suffrage Hike Begins Today. 16 Women Will Start On Tramp To Washington Plan To Cover 230 Miles From New York In 17 Days. Will Hold Mass Meetings Along The Way".  
  6. ^ "Two Case Histories, Ishbel Ross and Emma Bugbee: Women Journalists Ride the Rail with the Suffragettes.". Education Resources Information Center. Retrieved 2009-08-01. Bugbee walked with the suffragists on a week-long winter march from New York City to Albany 
  7. ^ a b "Col. Craft Is Angry. Snub For Gen. Jones. Talks of Rushing About Country at Six-Day-Bicycle-Race Speed and Says She Doesn't Like It.".  
  8. ^ a b c "'"Col. Craft Walks On, But Hikers Protest. Her Feet Swollen So Badly That She Falls Behind Companions. Says 'I Am Going Through. (PDF).  
  9. ^ "Six Tired Pilgrims End First Day's Hike. But the Drum Gives Out at the Start of the Suffrage March on Albany." (PDF).  
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Suffrage Hikers Undaunted By Cold. Plod on to Metuchen, N.J., Though One Woman Needs a Doctor When She Gets There." (PDF).  
  11. ^ "Sufferage Hikers send Wilson a Flag". New York Times. 27 February 1913. 
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