Blog Post: Alice Paul: Champion of Woman Suffrage

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Date Posted: 7/20/2012

In this post, students will learn about Alice Paul, a suffragist who was jailed while working to get the vote for women. During her graduate studies in England, Paul became exposed to the confrontational tactics of the English "suffragettes," and when she returned to the United States she adapted their tactics. For seven years she kept the demand for woman suffrage squarely in the public and presidential eyes in demonstrations that eventually escalated to picketing the White House and burning President Wilson's speeches. When her tactics became too radical for the National American Woman Suffrage Association, she formed the National Woman's Party and continued on. Written by Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator of women's political history, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.