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Alice Paul's Suffrage Movement

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Alice Paul was one of the most influential suffragettes of her time. She used many new political and radical tactics that she acquired from the British suffrage movement and effectively spread awareness for suffrage. These methods made her very well known, although some still debate if she was successful in the American suffrage movement. Though some may disagree, Alice Paul was successful in the American women’s suffrage movement because of her political strategies, militant tactics, and how she spread awareness for women’s suffrage.
Alice Paul used many political strategies, such as holding the party in power responsible and campaigning for the 19th Amendment. Paul, as well as Lucy Burns, broke apart from the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association because they didn’t agree with NAWSA’s mild political strategies. As a result, they together founded the National Women’s Party. Leaders of NAWSA thought that it would be best to get suffrage laws passed state by state, while the NWP campaigned for an amendment. This approach was successful because the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. The NWP also held the Democrats, who were mostly in power, responsible for women not being able to vote. Instead of making allies with powerful Democratic lawmakers in order to get their vote, they blamed them for their resistance to supporting women’s suffrage. They even campaigned against the Democratic candidate, Woodrow Wilson, in the presidential election of 1916 and burned his speeches in public bonfires (Alice Paul and the Struggle for Women's Suffrage). This was effective because many powerful lawmakers lost supporters and felt pressure to pass suffrage laws. Campaigning for an amendment and holding the party in power responsible were ...

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...d more people about suffrage and gained more support for her cause.
Alice Paul played an important role in the passage of the 19th Amendment and was successful because of her political strategies, radical tactics and how she spread awareness for suffrage. In addition to her involvement in suffrage, she also worked with international rights and drafted the Equal Rights Amendment. Without Alice Paul, the United States wouldn’t have given women the right to vote as quickly, or even not at all. Additionally, women in many other countries might have less equality than they do today. Even though women don’t have complete equality yet, Paul has inspired many to fight and continue fighting for equality, because “when you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row” (qtd in Alice Paul: Feminist, Suffragist and Political Strategist).
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