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My Start Story Celebrates: Suffragist Alice Paul

By: Start TV Staff     Posted: August 30, 2020, 8:00AM

Alice Paul was born in 1885 into a Quaker family and attended Swarthmore College, founded by her relative William Penn. She went on to do graduate work in New York City and London. While she was in England, Paul joined the British women's suffrage movement and became politically active. After returning to the United States in 1910, Paul became a leader in the American women’s suffrage movement, eventually forming the National Woman's Party with Lucy Burns in order to agitate for the vote on a federal level.

The party was known for using bold visual media to gain support, and in 1917 became the first group to picket the White House. Paul was jailed in October and November of that year as a result of the protests. After passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, Paul became an ardent supporter of additional measures to advance women’s rights.



About the narrator:
LUCY BEARD 
Executive Director, Alice Paul Institute


Lucy Beard has been involved with the Alice Paul Institute -- as a volunteer, a board member, and then the first paid staff member -- since 1994. With a master's degree in American history, she was fascinated by the historic site of Alice Paul's childhood home, which now houses the Institute, after moving to the town of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, where it is located. “She really represented the new century, the new woman of the 20th century,” Beard says about Paul. “They were college educated. They were independent. And they expected to get suffrage for themselves for their own lifetimes.”

Paul was also unique among the 20th century suffragists in that she continued to devote herself to the cause of women’s rights after passage of the 19th Amendment. “She said ‘This is just the first step,’” explains Beard. “She had already identified that the way to true equality was not just through the vote. That was the way to a voice.” In 1923, Paul authored the Equal Rights Amendment, known as the E.R.A.

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Lvolve2 2 months ago
These are the lamest start stories ever views on national broadcasting. Big brother broadcasting.
Not one of these women could be the inspiration for this generation.
ALL these women should have succeeded. They should do more. Their lives were handed to them.
Daddy’s girl, mommy’s princess.
Where are the women of my great caliber. The ones that came from being an orphan a ward of the state until 18. Women without a mom or dad to support them. Encourage them. The ones that new from age 6 on a playground of bullies. That she would ALWAYS be on her own. Have to depend on only herself and her intelligence. The women who went hungry to get a degree, and live in her car while working two jobs to just have gas and book money. All the while keeping a 3.0 to maintain grants and agency funding that came AFTER she paid for her college herself. The woman who worked and became the best in a man’s world only to be beaten, raped, bullied, harassed and lied about. Looked over for every raise and every promotion. The one that had no father or husband to help her get the job or get atta girls from or to stick up for her. These stories make me want to puke. These women need my foot up their rears because they didn’t do enough. Yet I am sure they lied and bullied each woman of my greatness because I have been in the way of their climbs to mediocre lives. Where are the women who get up every morning some 34 years in their career without retirement knowing they have to work UNDER or as a contractor to these greedy breed only to put them in good standing while they do not pay their invoice to us and put us in poverty and living back in our car and on the street. Where are the stories of the way it actually is for a woman to get a job in a time that is exactly like the 80s. Start those stories I dare you.
Stop making a fool out of the real women who paved the way for these Prima Donna’s.
Start the real women of today from those of yesterday. Because we are the inspiration. The truth. The way. The Start.
Roxanne Styer.
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