The National President's project is to support the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial which is being built on the site of the Occoquan workhouse in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Along with that theme, I was in south New Jersey recently and the New Jersey DFPA chapter president and I toured several sites that were significant to Suffragist Alice Paul.
Alice Paul was born in 1885 at Paulsdale, the family home in Mt. Laurel, NJ. She grew up there prior to attending college at Swarthmore, University of Pennsylvania and England.
|Paulsdale (from alicepaul.org)|
organized a national suffrage parade on March 3, 1913 – the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. Wilson was on record as stating that women were unfit to vote because they had no understanding of politics and would let emotion rather than reason rule them. The parade was made up of over 8000 people who faced spectators who were grabbing them, throwing things, and yelling obscenities, thus ending with a mob action.
On January 11, 1917 she started the silent sentinel program with women picketing outside the White House every day for a year, rain or shine, except on Sunday. This was the first organized protest outside the White House which prompted many of the arrests of the suffragists.
After the passage of nineteenth amendment, she continued to work for the National Women's Party and authored the original Equal Rights Amendment in 1923.
While touring Paulsdale (now the Alice Paul Institute) we toasted Alice for all of her efforts in obtaining the women's vote.
|NSDFPA National President Kimberly Nagy and NJ Chapter President Judy Dugan "toasting" Alice Paul|
When she was in New Jersey, she worshiped at the Moorestown Friends Meeting. We were welcomed there by a wonderful young woman who showed us around the meeting house which had been built in 1802.
We also saw the building that had been the nursing home where Alice spent her final years. And of course, we paid respects at her grave at the Westfield Friends Cemetery in Cinnaminson, NJ.
Thank you Alice for all of your hard work for Women's Equality.