When women picketed the White House demanding the vote on January 17, 1917, they broke new ground in political activism. They petitioned the President and Congress and marched in the streets in the nation's first ever coast to coast campaign for political rights. Women were imprisoned for peaceful protest, went on hunger strikes and were beaten and tortured by authorities. But they won the 19th Amendment, ensuring that the right to vote cant be denied because of gender. Their successful nviolent civil rights campaign established a precedent for those that followed, giving them the tools--including the vote--needed to advance their goals. This book chronicles the work of Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party and their influence on American political activism.
Bernadette Cahill is an independent scholar and writer, author of several books and is also an award-winning water-colourist. She has written about women's rights and history throughout her professional life and has had many articles published about woman suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment. She has also made presentations about suffrage at academic conferences. She lives in Rayville, Louisana, USA.