Did you ever stop to think where you and the country would be today without the women from around the nation who were willing to endure humiliation, beatings, incarceration, force feeding and inhumane prison conditions to obtain the vote for women less than a century ago? Do you know the names of these women?
The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association has launched “A ‘Grand’ Thank You…Memorialize the Suffragists” campaign during Women’s History Month to raise the $1 million dollars needed to begin Phase 1 of the project. The cost of the memorial’s completion will be close to $7 million. The garden-style national memorial is planned for a location not far from the former Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va. There in 1917, dozens of suffragists endured beatings and force-feedings for “obstructing the sidewalk” as they stood silently in protest at the White House gates. Women from 26 states joined them. The goal is to have the memorial built and operational on or before the 2020 suffrage centennial for the nation.
Your help is needed to pay tribute. If 1,000 people will each give $1,000, the goal of $1 million dollars can be reached by the fall of 2015. More information about the campaign is available on the web site of Turning Point Suffragist Memorial on the 2015 Campaign page. Volunteer to be a requestor/fundraiser by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the memorial itself is available on Turning Point’s Case Statement.
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