Alice Paul Moorestown, New Jersey Goal

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Alice Paul

Moorestown, New Jersey
To represent the Progressive Movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries through my inclusion in the Progressives Hall of Fame.
I strongly believe that women deserve and should receive equal rights to men. Women are capable of contributing a significant amount to various aspects of life, including politics. I firmly believe that by promoting awareness through parades, picketing, creating organizations, and writing about women’s suffrage, America will ultimately receive a brighter future with equality regardless of gender.
Work Experience
Member of Women’s Social and Political Union, 1908

  • Inspired by

  • Performed in various activities towards suffrage which resulted to her arrest and imprisonment (three times)

  • Worked along with Lucy Burns

Participated in Suffragette Parade, 1911

  • Spoke out on street corners with other suffragists

  • Raised awareness through big parade in London

Member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1912

  • Helped fundraise and raise awareness

  • Chairman of their Congressional Committee in Washington, D.C.

Served as leader of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, 1913 (Renamed National Woman’s Party, 1917)

  • Participated in, planned, and lead demonstrations, parades, mass meetings, picketing, and hunger strikes

  • Campaigned against President Wilson’s refusal to support women’s suffrage actively

  • Taught others to picket and introduced militant methods

  • Arrested on charges of “obstructing traffic” at the White House

Participated in Hunger strike, 1917

  • Incarcerated in Occoquan Workhouse for “obstructing traffic”

  • Refused to eat which encouraged others to do the same

  • Eventually entered into prison’s psychiatric ward where force-fed

  • Increased pressure on the President and attendance of press coverage


  • Gave a speech on her work in England, 1910

  • The Great Suffrage Parade, 1913

  • Trial for charge of “obstructing traffic,” 1917

Organizations created

  • Formed Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, 1913

    • Met with President Wilson and Congress members for his support of 19th Amendment

  • Founded National Woman’s Party, 1916

  • Created the World Women’s Party, 1938

Legislation influenced

  • Supported the 19th Amendment

  • Allowed women the right to vote.

  • Wrote Equal Rights Amendment, 1923

  • Helped shape Civil Rights Act of 1964


  • Speaking persuasively

  • Cooperating with and leading others very well

  • Creating organizations to achieve political goals

  • Can picket and parade for long hours with an inexhaustible energy

  • Skilled in politics and law

  • Obtain traits of Quakers (equality and public service)

Lucy Burns

Lucy is one of my life long friends that I met when I joined the WSPU. She could explain how we continued on to work together on women’s suffrage.

Christabel Pankhurst

Christabel inspired me when she gave a speech in England for women’s voting rights. She could validate my participation in events that occurred toward women’s suffrage while I was in England.

Jane Addams

Jane and I worked together to form the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She could inform people of the hard work and heart I put into making changes.

Annotated Bibliography
Primary Sources:
Pankhurst, Sylvia. The Suffragette: The History of the Women’s Militant Suffrage

Movement Document; 1905-1910, pp. 416-417.

This source contained first account information given by Pankhurst. She was involved in many of the same demonstrations as Paul and is the one person who truly inspired her to fulfill her accomplishments.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Woman Suffrage. Extending the right of suffrage to women : hearings before the Committee on Woman Suffrage, House of Representatives, Sixty-fifth Congress. Govt. Print. Off., 1918. Perkins Docs US Docs Y4.W84:W84/13
This source displayed the hearing before the committee on woman suffrage. It was helpful in understanding how women supported their argument.
“Feminism and Women’s Studies- Equal Rights Amendment.” 3 Nov. 2009.

This was a shortened version of the ERA which exemplified the key points to Alice Paul’s work.
Secondary Sources:
Raum, Elizabeth. Alice Paul. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2004.
This source was a book entirely focused on Alice Paul and her life. The source was incredibly useful as it explained her main accomplishments, her history, and her major influences.
Helmer, Diana. Women Suffragists. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1998.
This particular source was helpful in describing Paul’s achievements throughout her life.
Frost, Elizabeth and Kathryn Cullen-DuPont. “To War and Victory: 1917-1920.” Women’s

Suffrage in America. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1992.
This document not only provided background information about Paul, but it also included the detailed explanation behind Paul’s arrests.

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