Ratification of the 19th Amendment


In January 1917, the National Woman’s Party became the first people to protest in front of the White House.  The goal of this protest was to convince President Woodrow Wilson to publicly support women’s right to vote.  These protesters were called the “Silent Sentinels” because of the fact that they protested six days a week for almost three years.  For these three years nearly 2,000 women picketed.  Hundreds of these women were arrested, many were jailed, beaten, went on hunger strikes, were force-fed, and treated horribly by the United States authorities.  The woman who led the protest was Alice Paul who declared “When men are denied justice, they go to war.  This is our war, only we are fighting it with banners instead of guns.”  These protesters were unjustly treated for trying to give women the right to vote.  The protest that lasted almost three years did in fact accomplish their goal of ratifying the 19th amendment and giving women the right to vote.

“National Woman's Party Protests during World War I (U.S. National Park Service).” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, https://www.nps.gov/articles/national-womans-party-protests-world-war-i.htm.

Price, Karen. “Silent Sentinels.” We Invite You to Celebrate With Us -, 18 Nov. 2017, https://suffrage100ma.org/resources/did-you-know-resources/silent-sentin....

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