Alice Paul (1885-1977)
“There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.”
A powerful, outspoken twentieth century suffragist, Alice Paul helped secure passage for the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Highly educated and respected, Paul joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association before leaving to form the National Woman’s Party. She spent her life advocating for recognition of women in American politics.
Raised in a household that embraced gender equality, Paul grew up surrounded by the influence of suffragists and activists. She attended Swarthmore College, Columbia University (known as the New York School of Philanthropy at that time), and the University of Pennsylvania. She spent time in England, where she learned of militant protest tactics such as picketing and hunger strikes, strategies she used in her career to advance women’s rights. While with the NAWSA, Paul sought to lobby Congress directly for the constitutional amendment, differing from the organization’s focus of state-by-state campaigns. As a result of that difference, she and her supporters formed the National Woman’s Party. Following the passage of the 19th Amendment, Paul continued her work in pushing for social equality for women.
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