Google and Social Media Celebrated the Life of the Suffragist Alice Paul
This day marks the supposed to be 131st birthday of the famous N.J. suffragist and women empowerment advocate Alice Paul. With that, Google’s homepage is themed with an illustration of her life.
The Google Doodle features the silhouettes of some women with umbrellas on hand who are ostensibly advocating for women’s rights and holding a sign saying “votes for women.” The image showed a woman leading the group who is holding a sign stating “deeds not words.” Those words were used by the British suffragettes rallied to fight for their right to vote. During that momentous rally, suffragettes were having hunger strikes and were thrown behind bars. More on that were more visible tactics like breaking of windows for them to get media coverage and be heard all throughout.
Paul was born in Mount Laurel in 1885. She grew up in the Quaker family where she first had an encounter of the suffrage movement in their farmhouse called Paulsdale. Paul’s mother was a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and she was raised instilling in her mind by the Quaker that both man and woman were equal.
After Paul graduated from Swarthmore College, she went to England where she then had an encounter with the suffragettes. With that, she adopted their methods and used on her own activism and movements. During the movements which she had initiated in America, she experienced hardships like imprisonment, force-fed and institutionalized.
When she returned to the United States, she joined the NAWSA and initiated a march for suffrage which took place during the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. According to Alice Paul Institute of Mount Laurel, suffragists were attacked. That incident was made known all throughout U.S.
In the year 1916, Paul made a federal suffragist approach rather than making it with an individual state route. With that, she helped and organized National Woman’s Party. The members of the said party picketed the White House. The movement resulted to the granting of the women of the right to vote by President Wilson after the said incident was made known to the public through making amendments to the Constitution; and in the year 1920, the ratification of the 19th amendment was made.
Other than being a forerunner of women’s right to vote, she was also the architect of the Equal Rights Amendment. This was an instrument guaranteeing equal rights for both sexes.
At the age of 92, in 1977, Alice Paul died in Moorestown. With the life she led, Paul was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1979 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2010.