The Women's Suffrage Movement
I look for the day when the only criterion of excellence or position shall be the ability and character of the individual; and this time will come. - Susan B. Anthony
The women’s suffrage movement was a decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right, and the campaign was not easy: Disagreements over strategy threatened to cripple the movement more than once. But on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
* Source: https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/the-fight-for-womens-suffrage
One of the unsung heros of this movement is Alice Paul.
Alice was raised in a Quaker home in Paulsboro (near Moorestown, NJ). Born in 1885, Alice attended Moorestown Friends School and then studied at Swarthmore, an institution co-founded by her grandfather. She graduated with a degree in biology. She then earned a Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1907. She continued her studies in England and became involved in the militant suffrage group, was arrested repeatedly and returned to the US in 1910.
For more information, watch this video of Mary Walton speak about Alice Paul and Mary's book "A Women's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot"