Remember!

Tomorrow – January 10 – in 1917,  a band of bold suffragists, led by Alice Paul, launched a new tactic in the ceaseless fight for the vote – picketing the White House, (occupied by President Woodrow Wilson).  At 10 a.m.,  twelve suffragists marched across Lafayette Square and took their position in front of the White House – six at the West gate and six at the East gate. At each gate, four women held  high the purple,1917-women-jailed-list white and gold banners of the National Woman’s Party. Between them stood two women, each one holding a large banner. One read: MR. PRESIDENT WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR WOMAN SUFFRAGE?  The other read: HOW LONG MUST WOMEN WAIT FOR LIBERTY?  Every day, except Sunday, for a year and a half, more than a thousand women – young and old, rich and poor – peacefully picketed the White House. Suffragists stood in silence, holding their banners regardless of the weather – hot days, cold days, rain, sleet, snow, hail.  In June the police started arresting the picketing suffragists.   The poster with 89 names reads: “SUFFRAGISTS WHO WERE JAILED at either THE OCCOQUAN WORKHOUSE in LORTON, VA. or in WASHINGTON, DC in 1917. ” Even more suffragists would be arrested for picketing in 1918, the year of the “Night of Terror” and of the force feeding of hunger-striking suffragists.

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