Happy birthday, Alice Paul #quaker

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Happy birthday, Alice Paul (Jan. 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977)! #Quaker. #Pacifist. #Suffragist. One of the most radical members of the women’s rights movement. Swarthmore grad. Co-founder (with Lucy Burns) of a group that became the National Woman’s Party. In 1917, Alice organized a picket line in front of the White House, the first of its kind. The picketers became known as the “Silent Sentinels.” The action continued for two years, at times mobilizing as many as a thousand women (including a 20-year-old Dorothy Day). Many of the participants were arrested, beaten by police, and mistreated in jail. Alice herself spent seven months in the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia. In 1923 she wrote the original language for the Equal Rights Amendment, and spent the rest of her life lobbying for it. Born in Paulsdale, New Jersey. Died in the Quaker Greenleaf Home in Moorestown, New Jersey, at the age of 92. Buried in the Westfield Friends Burial Ground, Cinnaminson, New Jersey.


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