Alice Paul's Push for Equal Rights for Woman

opinion Essay
649 words
649 words

I was born in Moorestown, New Jersey on January 11, 1885. I grew up Quaker, and attended Swarthmore College. When I moved to England, I began to push for equal rights for women in society (Alice Paul Biography). I was very active in politics and was willing to perform risky tactics in order to stand up for what I believed was right. Because of my boldness in my efforts to start the suffrage movement, I was arrested on several occasions in England and had to serve jail time. 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 Green 2 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... ... middle of paper ... ... main objective 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).

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates how woodrow wilson's support for the women’s suffrage and the 19th amendment motivated them to push for further rights for women.
  • Opines that peacemakers should be judged by the results. just because a method seems odd or unnecessary, does not mean it won’t be successful.
  • Opines that women would have had no hope in women's ability to be independent. as we made progress, it became more possible, which led to an amendment.
  • Explains that they believe that government wants to keep order in america. they grew up in a home where it was believed that women should be treated equal to men.
  • Explains that their biggest influence was from their quaker community. they followed their grandfather, judge william parry, who believed that men and women should be equal.
  • Opines that if everyone were to be equal and have equal opportunities, the world would be peaceful.
  • Explains that they were born in new jersey and grew up quaker and attended swarthmore college. they joined the national american women's suffrage association in 1910.
  • Opines that when it is needed, extremism can be necessessary to get the point across to deaf ears. when i protested women's rights, i went as far as i could to make it clear that i was willing to die
  • Agrees with gandhi's quote because it explains their view on their fight for women’s rights.
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