Alice Paul Research Paper

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Sasha Baker Ms. Baney English 10 HH 19/1/2012 Alice Paul Alice Paul was born just a few towns from Montclair on January 11, 1885 in Moorestown New Jersey. To put that in perspective Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” had been published for the first time that year, she is also scheduled to appear on a United States half-ounce ten-dollar gold coin this year. She grew up a Quaker and attended Swarthmore College, where she studied law. Her graduate work took her to England where she became active in the women's suffrage movement (“Alice”). Alice Paul was the most important figure in the Women’s Rights Movement in the past century, she also helped pass the 19th Amendment and worked towards getting the Equal Rights Amendment passed. Alice Paul spent her whole life chasing equal rights between men and women, and struggled to achieve her goal. After her graduation from University of Pennsylvania, Paul joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association [NAWSA]; she was appointed Chairwoman of their Congressional Committee in Washington, DC (Stevens). After months of fundraising and raising awareness for the cause, membership numbers went up in 1913. Their focus was lobbying for a constitutional amendment to secure the right to vote for women. Suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who tried securing the vote on a state-by-state basis, had originally sought such an amendment. (Cott). Although in the end Paul did manage to get said amendment passed, she still struggled and battled with doing so for many years of her life. Paul gained a lot of followers and momentum through her very notorious silent picket strikes outside of the White House (“Angels”). By the summer of 1914, after a divisive struggle within NAWSA, Paul and her loyal friend Lucy Burns left to form a newly independent Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage later renamed the

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