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The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum Remembers the Night of Terror
November, 2010
Lucy Burns in Occoquan
Lucy Burns in the Occoquan Workhouse

On November 15, 1917, suffragists imprisoned after picketing the White House faced violent attacks at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia. Lucy Burns, Dora Lewis, and other members of the National Woman's Party were brutally beaten and abused, according to affidavits. Lucy Burns was handcuffed and forced to hang from the top of her cell, while some witnesses say Dora Lewis suffered a heart attack. The abuse was ordered by the superintendent, W.H. Whittaker, in an attempt to teach the suffragists a lesson. The courage and conviction expressed by the National Woman's Party inspired more volunteers to join the picket line and eventually convinced the public and elected officials to support the suffrage amendment. Doris Stevens recorded this and other stories from the campaign for suffrage in Jailed for Freedom, her memoir chronicling the work of the National Woman's Party. On this historic day, it is important to reflect on the sacrifices of the hundreds of women who gave so much for the right to vote.

Toast the Woman's Vote
Toast the Woman's Vote event photos
The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum was thrilled to collaborate with sixteen organizations and Athena Vineyards to host Toast the Woman's Vote on November 4, 2010.Friends and supporters convened at the historic Tayloe House, the second headquarters of the National Woman's Party, to toast 90 years of woman suffrage. Alice Paul (shown above) and thousands of women marched from this location to picket the White House from 1917 to 1919. Sam Bennett, President and CEO of the Women's Campaign Forum, presented an analysis of the status of women voters and candidates as guests toasted 90 years of women voting.

The photos above along with others from the event have been posted to Flickr here.

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The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum on Capitol Hill explores the evolving role of women and their contributions to society through the continuing, and often untold, story of women's pursuit for equality. The museum is the headquarters of the historic National Woman's Party and was the Washington home of its founder and Equal Rights Amendment author Alice Paul. Visit our website to learn more.