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Courage in Women by JRigh Courage in Women by JRigh
Alice Paul was an American suffragist and activist during the 1920's ... she believed that women were smart enough to vote, run the country, and be all that men of her time said they could not be. She had a Ph.D., and LL.B (Bachelor of Laws), an LL.M (Master of Laws), and a Doctorate in Civil Laws. She was no dummy! She was a pioneer for women's rights and was treated horribly for it.

In 1917, she and other women were picketing in front of the White House where President Woodrow Wilson resided. He was staunchly against women being allowed to vote and publicly stated as much. The women were involved in a non-violent civil disobedience campaign, and were subsequently arrested on charges of "obstructing traffic." Many of those women, including Alice Paul, were convicted and incarcerated. While in prison, young and old alike were beaten, kicked, punched, and handcuffed to the bars of their rat-infested cells ... all for 'obstructing traffic.'

The place they were incarcerated was so terribly deplorable (Occuquan Workhouse), that Alice Paul commenced a hunger strike in protest. She was then tied into a straight jacket and moved to the prison's psychiatric ward. Here she was strapped down and force-fed raw eggs through a feeding tube until she vomited blood. Prison officials moved her to a sanitarium (mental hospital) and had a psychiatrist examine her with the hopes that she would be declared insane. When asked if her behavior exhibited insanity, the psychiatrist (who we only know as Dr. White) stated: "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."

She later told an interviewer about it that "It was shocking that a government of men could look with such extreme contempt on a movement that was asking nothing except such a simple little thing as the right to vote." It was only when the press published what was happening to these women, and the subsequent public outcry, that they were released. President Wilson later reversed his position and claimed support for a suffrage amendment.

Alice Paul was the original author of a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution in 1923, but it would not be approved until 1972. However, on August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, and on August 26, 1920, after 62 years of struggle and suffering, women received the "simple little thing" as the right to vote. Alice Paul lived to see her dream for women's right realized and died in 1977.

The picture above is not Alice Paul. The background is by ~momothecat [ ] - Please visit her gallery, give her some fav's, and some llama love! And if you need another size, just ask. Version 2 is found here:….

{Postscript: You can read more about Alice Paul here: [link] And the 2004 movie "Iron Jawed Angels" was about Alice Paul and the suffragette movement.}
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Decembra1998 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's all so true and sad! Thanks to her, us girls can do so many things, long with the others. Beautiful picture.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
"While in prison, young and old alike were beaten, kicked, punched, and handcuffed to the bars of their rat-infested cells ... all for 'obstructing traffic.' "

Really?? O_o

If that wasn't overshooting reaction to a protest, I don't know what is.
JRigh Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Unfortunately, our US history is filled with these terrible "overshooting reaction[s] to a protest": Kent State Massacre, the entire 'Occupy' movement, dogs unleashed on peaceful Civil Rights protesters in the 60's, etc. 

And most historians state that Pres. Woodrow Wilson only gave in to the suffrage movement when public outcry about the treatment of Alice Paul and the others became a huge media event that could badly effect his approval ratings.  Of course, it didn't help him that Alice Paul also started tying in the suffrage movement protests with protests about WWI.  But Alice Paul was certainly vindicated with the passing of the 18th Amendment! :-)
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
You mean that Alice Paul was isolationist, don't you?

The ... 18th Amendment? What is it about, please?
(Yeah, I know. I should do some Google-fu and find the answer myself. Which I will in the next coming minutes.
But well. I felt like asking the qeustion all the same. :-P)
JRigh Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Alice Paul wasn't a true isolationist, though some people claimed she was.  She apparently didn't mind our involvement in WWI per se, but didn't like the US government prolonging our involvement based on what she believed was 'economic' reasons.  That is, war is a great money making machine for industrialized nations, so many countries take full advantage of that fact.  She felt the US was getting too cozy with the money making part of the war.

And the 18th Amendment was added to our US Constitution which allowed women the right to vote, which is what Alice Paul really wanted all along.  :-) 
studio-emi Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Very beautiful image and inspiring story, thanks for sharing!
JRigh Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I can't believe that those poor women went through such a horror ... just because they had the nerve to want to vote!
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