In the novel, the trajectories of Alice Paul, Maud Malone, and Ida B. Wells come together during the planning for and execution of the March 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession. Said to be the first political march on Washington, the Procession—scheduled for Washington D.C. the day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson—required massive organizational effort. It also highlighted tensions between different visions of the suffrage cause, some related to issues of race and class still capable of dividing feminists today.
Chiaverini’s deeply researched novel depicts all of this and more, delivering a complex picture of an extraordinary historical moment and the equally extraordinary women that made it possible. In addition to its portraits of Paul, Malone, and Wells among others, The Women's March is a gripping and inspirational vision of activism in action.