Caption: Members of the Golden Lane, the 12-block-long line of suffragettes along Locust Street on June 14, 1916, the first day of the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis. The gathering was a coronation of President Woodrow Wilson for renomination to a second term, but there were floor fights and plenty of discussion about votes for women. At the time, only 12 states, including Illinois, granted women the franchise. Suffrage organizations were lobbying the national government for a constitutional amendment to assure women the right to vote. In St. Louis, thousands of women formed their "walkless, talkless" demonstration from 12th (Tucker) Boulevard west to the St. Louis Coliseum, an auditorium at Jefferson and Washington avenues that was the site of the convention. Their Golden Lane was the biggest event in the three-day convention. It was the last of five nominating conventions held in St. Louis by the two major political parties. (State Historical Society of Missouri, Research Center-St. Louis)
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