1/11/1885 — b. Alice Stokes Paul

1/11/1885 — Alice Stokes Paul, suffrage leader, international organizer, lawyer, b. Moorestown, NJ. Contributed some of the most outstanding 20th c. political achievements for women’s rights. Founder and leader the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage and the National Woman’s Party, the more aggressive groups of the suffrage movement, which succeeded in the passage of the 19th Amendment. Organized the Washington D.C. suffrage parade (1913), and was jailed in England and the US. She waged a hunger strike in prison, where she was hospitalized, force-fed and treated as insane. After woman’s suffrage was achieved she received a law degree (1922), authored and proposed the Equal Rights Amendment, and influenced the charter of the United Nations.

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