Thousands Honor Women's Suffrage March In DC

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Women have come a long way since not being allowed to vote.

The Women's Suffrage March on Washington happened 100 years ago.

Women from all over the world came to commemorate the occasion and retrace the steps of 22 African American founders of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority who participated in the march.

They were Howard University students and the only African American women who participated in the Women's Suffrage March on Washington that day.

"There were so many people against them, women's right to vote and certainly African Americans to vote, and here we are freely able to do this. We remember the courage it took to leave campus to say we are standing up for our rights no matter what," said Dr.Gwendolyn Boyd.

Equal rights for women have come a long way in a century. The right to vote, allowed in combat, women in congress, and getting closer to equal pay but they say there's a long ways to go.

"I'm 51, I hope to see a woman become the President of the United States," Linda Brown, Baltimore chapter alum said.

The women also say they're marching for equality for all, including DC statehood and a vote in Congress.

"I want to see more laws enacted that represent everyone," Natalie Frasier, Baltimore Chapter said.

Barbara Brown brought her daughter to stand for the generations of women who have come before and for generations to come.

"We have more to go. We want to leave it better than how we found it with our girls coming behind us."

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