In 1910, I returned back to America. With my move, I was determined to continue to spread my beliefs to women in society. I joined the National American Women’s Suffrage Association as a chair of their congressional committee. However, it didn’t last long, due to the fact that I didn’t agree with the policies associated with this organization. Soon after I left, I joined the National Women’s Party, with the objective to make change for women on the federal level.
To get the presidents attention, the National Women’s Party picketed the Whitehouse for 18 months. Spectators did not like our tactics, and many of the members got arrested, including me. During my time in jail, I went on a hunger strike in order to protest against my incarceration. The officers told me that I belonged in an insane asylum, and force fed me in order to keep me alive (National Women’s). Once it was discovered that I was being treated unfairly in jail, newspapers began to publish about the treatment of women, which eventually led to President
Woodrow Wilson announcing his support for the women’s suffrage. Two years later, the 19th amendment was published, granting women the right to vote. After this took place, it motivated me to push for further rights for women. I knew I...
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15. What personal experiences or people have most influenced your life and philosophy?
I have had many influences throughout my life. However, my biggest influence was from my Quaker community. “When the Quakers were founded… one of their principles was and is equality of the sexes. So I never had any other idea… the principle was always there.” I also followed my grandfather, Judge William Parry, who also believed that men and women should be equal (Carol). My mother also took me to women’s suffrage meetings at a young age (National Women’s).
18. What does peace look like/contain?
I believe piece is equality with all and understanding for all. If everyone were to be equal and have equal opportunities, the world will be more peaceful. As I have always said, “There will never be a new world until women are a part of it” (Alice Paul).
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