Celebrating the 19th Amendment today!
August 26th
The heroines of (non-progressive) Women's Suffrage

Lucy Burns

 

Lucy Burns was an American suffragist and women's rights advocate. She was a passionate activist in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Burns was a close friend of Alice Paul, and together they ultimately formed the National Woman's Party.

 

Alice Paul

 

Alice Paul was an American suffragist and women's rights activist. As the ma in leader and strategist of the campaign, and along with Lucy Burns and others, she led a successful campaign for the women's vote. She was savagely beaten in prison and has a feeding tube shoved up her nose for standing up for her rights!

 

"When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row. "   

                      -Alice Paul recalling the advice of her mother

 

Inez Milholland

 

Inez Milholland Boissevain was a suffragist, labor lawyer, World War I correspondent, and public speaker who greatly influenced the women's movement in America

 

 

 

The movie 'Iron Jawed Angels' focuses on this period of the woman suffrage movement and recalls the brutalization of women who dared exercise their Constitutional rights

 


Today we celebrate American Women's right to vote! And we can thank Republicans! 

 

 Let's take a look back at the birth of the so-called "Progressive" movement - not so progressive for women of any ethnicity and federally imposed segregation for Blacks. Thankfully for the Suffragette movement, the election of 1918 had shifted the balance in Congress to the Republicans as the Suffragettes campaigned against Woodrow Wilson's Democrat Progressive Party. 

 

Why Campaign Against Progressives in 1918?

 

Wilson was no friend to the Suffragette movement although he later would claim credit for the 19th Amendment, it is hard to imagine a person more brutally opposed to the right of women to vote.

 

Most people have no clue that this right for American women was painted in blood and this struggle represents one of the most egregious and most brutal treatment of American citizens in our history.

 

 Talk about a re-writing of history! 

 

In 1917 approximately 168 women, most from the National Women's Party, were arrested, imprisoned and brutalized under orders of their own government and their President Woodrow Wilson. See: The Night of Terror Below

 

Wilson Sexist AND Racist:

 

In fact, Woodrow Wilson was deeply reviled by women and both genders of African Americans. He was considered a racist and was rather unapologetic about it - While campaigning, Wilson had promised African American men: "fair dealing...in advancing the interests of their race in the United States". 

 

 

 

After his election, Wilson instituted a policy of racial segregation for federal employees.Although considered by some as a modern liberal visionary as President, in terms of implementing domestic race relations, however, Wilson was "deeply racist in his thoughts and politics, and apparently was comfortable being so."*

 

* ^ Gerstle, Gary (2008). John Milton Cooper Jr., ed. Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson: Progressivism, Internationalism, War, and Peace. Washington D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars. pp. 93-94.

 


The Night of Terror Brutalized Women!

November 15, 1917:

  • Under orders from prison warden W. H. Whittaker, and some say President Wilson himself, as many as forty guards with clubs went on a rampage, brutalizing thirty-three jailed suffragists. They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head, and left her there for the night. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed, and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate Alice Cosu, who believed Mrs. Lewis to be dead, suffered a heart attack. According to affidavits, other women were grabbed, dragged, beaten, choked, slammed, pinched, twisted, and kicked.


~ Learn More ~
the 19th: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any States on Account of sex.  
 
The Congress shall have the power by appropriate legislation to enforce the provisions of this article."

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Enjoy your day, help inform your women friends about the real and untold Republican-led women's movement and never take your right to vote for granted!


Cindy Graves
FFRW President