The 1913 women's march, timed to get maximum publicity by coinciding with the inauguration, was not without controversy.Sometimes historical perspective can be helpful.
According to the Library of Congress' American Memory archives, crowds in town for the inauguration — mostly men — surged into the streets and made it difficult for the marchers to pass, forcing them to go single file at times. Women were jeered, tripped, shoved and spat upon, and police did little to assist them or quell the unrest. Some 100 marchers were taken to the hospital with injuries.
The participants included Helen Keller, the deaf and blind political activist and author. She was so unnerved by the disruptions that she was unable to speak later that day at Continental Hall.
Secretary of War Henry Stimson authorized a troop of cavalry to help control the crowd, according to the archives.
The AP provides a marker against which to test the upcoming inauguration. In 1913, Woodrow Wilson's inauguration was also challenged by a women's march:
By Grim on Monday, January 16, 2017