Some 50,000 women organised themselves - without the aid of Twitter, Facebook or electronic mail- to march on London to protest about their continuing denial of the vote.
They were organised along eight routes by some 15 members of the National Union of Women Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). After five long, hard weeks they rallied at Hyde Park on July 26 having collected 46,000 signatures of support for their cause along the way.
Now, 100 years on, and women have again organised themselves to march in the footsteps of their courageous ancestors and drawn attention to the need to fight for what matters.
One of the main routes of the 2013 march was from Brighton to London passing through Clayton, Hassocks, Burgess Hill, Cuckfield and Balcombe on the way north.
The women carried placards and wore the purple, green and white sashes of the NUWSS, the branch of the suffrage movement that relied on non-militant rather than militant methods of protest.
The occasion was marked in Cuckfield by a visit to the village museum where curator Phillipa Malins showed the visitors a genuine Votes for Women sash in the characteristic purple, green and white colours.
They were also shown photographs of Horsgate House in Hanlye Lane, the home of the wealthy Victorian banking family whose patriarch was Richard Bevan, who had the idea of building Cuckfield’s Queen’s Hall where the museum is now based.
According to Phillipa, Richard’s daughter, Edith, was a friend of Emmeline Pankhurst, the most famous suffragette, and a sympathiser with the Suffragist cause.
On July 22, 1913, when the women arrived in Cuckfield, they were made welcome by Edith. Phillipa said: “She helped to organise the march, took part in it and undoubtedly many of the marchers would have spent the night at Horsgate.”
This time round only a handful of women marched to Cuckfield. It was one of the hottest days of the year so far, July 22, with temperatures in the low 30s. The women, including Lucy Holmes who masterminded the whole national reconstruction, had lunch in the churchyard, and after visiting the museum, walked over the fields to Horsgate House.
Phillipa said: “They were in very good spirits in spite of the heat, carrying their banners, beating tambourines and singing as they marched.
“They were grateful to come into the cool of the museum for a quick visit - we reminded them of our links with the original march - that the reason it came through Cuckfield on July 22nd 1913 was because of Edith Bevan.”
Middy photographer Steve Robards took a photo of the women outside Marshalls, in the same place as the photo taken on the same day in 1913, although the weather a century on was very different.
The 2013 Walk for Women journey from Brighton to Hyde Park took all of last week and, again, there were rallying calls in Hyde Park when their destination was reached.