Alice Paul would have been 131 today, and Google is honoring the women’s rights activist with a special doodle on its homepage and other search properties.
Alice Paul led the 1910s campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment, prohibiting discrimination of sex when it comes to voting. After its passage, she led the National Woman’s Party and fought for an equal rights amendment.
Paul went to prison multiple times, suffering abuse for the cause, as described in the following presentation.
The Alice Paul Institute says of Paul, “Alice Paul was the architect of some of the most outstanding political achievements on behalf of women in the 20th century. Born on January 11, 1885 to Quaker parents in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Alice Paul dedicated her life to the single cause of securing equal rights for all women.”
“Few individuals have had as much impact on American history as has Alice Paul. Her life symbolizes the long struggle for justice in the United States and around the world. Her vision was the ordinary notion that women and men should be equal partners in society,” it adds.”
Paul died at her home at the age of 92 in 1977 after suffering a stroke. You can read a good bio of her life and accomplishments at the Alice Paul Institute’s website.
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