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Sorority commemorates women's suffrage movement with march

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March to commemorate 100th anniversary of suffrage march on Washington, D.C. March to commemorate 100th anniversary of suffrage march on Washington, D.C.

It wasn't an easy decision in 1913 when 22 women who'd just formed the Delta Sigma Theta sorority decided to join the women's suffrage march in Washington. They weren't exactly welcomed.

In 1913, rain would have been the least of their problems as Delta Sigma Theta joined the march on Washington.  So they didn't let it stop them today.

"Woman's suffrage is everyday suffrage," said Doris Cochran.

While it wasn't quite Pennsylvania Avenue, and the issues have changed, still the sorority took a stand against injustice to Columbia's streets.

Hundreds turned out for Saturday's event, which brought in sorority members from North Carolina and the Lowcontry.

"Violence against women is still a problem," said Tracy Richardson. "Equal pay for women is still a problem."

"We still have health care issues, voting rights discrepancies," said Cochran.

Speakers thanked those who stood in the long lines in Richland County to vote in November and said efforts continue to educate voters on what they'll need under the new Voter ID law.

"Even though we can vote, you have to make sure you're informed on how you need to vote, and have the correct credentials," said Cochran.

While South Carolina elected it's first woman, Katrina Shealy, to the Senate, and the state has it's first female governor, some point out there's still more barriers to break.

"I don't think I know of an African American governor?" said Delta Sigma Theta National President Dr. Bertha Maxwell Roddey.

Which is why they urge women to get involved in politics.

"In the last Presidential election there was higher voters and that did impact the Presidency so women certainly they have an impact on the community," said Richardson.

In their communities, and to speak out on tough issues like gun control.

"That's a very important piece of legislature with all of the things that are going on," said Roddey. "And look at the difficulty that we are having, even with those who are in the Congress in terms of their understanding of what should be done."

All the while training the next generation not to forget the steps and acts of those taken 100 years ago, that have lead us to where we are today.

They encourage women to go to the school board meetings, city and county council meetings, and get educated on issues of health care because they say that's the next battle many will be fighting.

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