Jailed for Freedom: Alice Paul

Alice Paul, important civil rights leader of the 20th century

From Doris Stevens’ book “Jailed for Freedom”– about suffrage leader Alice Paul: “Most people conjure up a menacing picture when a person is called not only a general, but a militant one. In appearance Alice Paul is anything but menacing.”

Stevens continues: “Quiet, almost mouselike, this frail young Quakeress sits in silence and baffles you with her contradictions. Large, soft, gray eyes that strike you with a positive impact make you feel the indescribable force and power behind them. A mass of soft brown hair, caught easily at the neck, makes the contour of her head strong and graceful. Tiny, fragile hands that look more like an X-ray picture of hands, rest in her lap in Quakerish pose. Her whole atmosphere when she is not in action is one of strength and quiet determination. In action she is swift, alert, almost panther-like in her movements. Dressed always in simple frocks, preferably soft shades of purple, she conforms to an individual style and taste of her own rather than to the prevailing vogue.”

January 11th is Alice Paul’s birthday. January is a powerful month for birthdays of important activists. Lucretia Mott. Joan of Arc. Sojourner Truth. And many more.

 

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4 responses to “Jailed for Freedom: Alice Paul

  1. Hi, I came upon your blog today and I have spent the last hour or so reading through it! Thank you so much for putting all this information together and making a blog completely dedicated to these important issues and extremely wonderful women.

  2. Reading about the work of Alice Paul I would say its all about relentlessly keeping the pressure on.Kine…..

  3. wow. I never thought about this in that way

  4. It is really good post, but I do not see everything completely clear, especially for someone not involved in that topic. Anyway very interesting to me.

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