In Photos: Comparing Washington, D.C. in 1913 and Today

BY Cindy Huang  December 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM EDT

A hundred years ago, the streets of Washington, D.C., were packed with women demanding the right to vote. The women — some of them farmers, doctors, actresses and students — traveled far distances in some cases to march down Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3, 1913.

As we plunge into 2013, with the suffrage movement far behind us, the issues that now generate debate include the looming “fiscal cliff” and gun control in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn.

In this slide show, you can see archived photos from 1913 of Washington, D.C., the seat of the national government and the platform for protests. We compare them with photos of the same locations taken this year, including landmark buildings such as the Capitol and U.S. Treasury, to more ordinary spots such as the residential intersections of Woodland Drive and 32nd Street, NW.