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Thousands march in D.C. to re-enact Women's Suffrage March of 1913

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Thousands of women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue Sunday to recreate the Women's Suffrage March of 1913.

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They rallied outside the U.S Capitol in remembrance of the 1913 event, which at the time, was a way to jump-start the women's suffrage movement and gain the right to vote for women.

"There's no better way to honor them, than to take their steps, the way they took them," Nina Perez, a D.C. Resident, tells ABC7.

Newspaper headlines, on display outside the Newseum, documented the 1913 march, which unlike today, faced a hostile, mostly male crowd of on-lookers.

"There wasn't anyone spitting at us, or throwing things at us," Perez says of Sunday's march. In 1913, "they not only had the march, but hunger strikes and picketing in front of the White House."

The women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were joined by members of the National Federation of Democratic Women in the march, among others.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 African-American women at Howard University who participated in the Women's Suffrage March of 1913.

Participating in the Women's Suffrage March was the first public act performed by the group's founders, according to their official website. The sorority is one of the largest African-American women's organizations in the country.

The 1913 march was held the day before President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. Participants were jeered and harassed and more than 200 people were sent to the hospital.

It was seven years after the march, that women won the right to vote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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