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Alice Stokes Paul

Birthplace: Paulsdale, Mount Laurel Township, Burlington County, NJ, United States
Death: July 09, 1977 (92)
Greenleaf Extension Home, Moorestown, Burlington, New Jersey, United States
Place of Burial: Cinnaminson, Burlington County, NJ, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Mickle Paul, Jr. and Tacie Paul
Sister of William Mickle Paul, III; Helen Paul and Parry Haines Paul

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About Alice Stokes Paul

Alice Paul was an American suffragist leader. Along with her close friend Lucy Burns and others, she led a successful campaign for women's suffrage that resulted in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

In 1912, Alice Paul joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and was appointed Chairwoman of their Congressional Committee in Washington, DC After months of fundraising and raising awareness for the cause, membership numbers went up and in 1913 Alice Paul and Lucy Burns formed the Congressional Union for Women Suffrage. Their focus was lobbying for a constitutional amendment to secure the right to vote for women. Such an amendment had originally been sought by suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1878. However, by the early 20th century, attempts to secure a federal amendment had ceased. The focus of the suffrage movement had turned to securing the vote on a state-by-state basis.

When their lobbying efforts proved fruitless, Paul and her colleagues formed the National Woman's Party (NWP) in 1916 and began introducing some of the methods used by the suffrage movement in Britain. Tactics included demonstrations, parades, mass meetings, picketing, suffrage watch fires, and hunger strikes. These actions were accompanied by press coverage and the publication of the weekly Suffragist.

She was also the original author of a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution in 1923.

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"...we never had any music at all. I never heard anything musical in the beginning of my childhood. Later on when I went to Swarthmore was the first time I ever heard, I guess, a hymn or anything like that, any music. But gradually after my father's death my mother—of course that was so early in my life—I remember my mother buying a piano and engaging a teacher for my sister. I was off [at school] and I didn't have any time to be taught, I guess, or to practice or to do anything, but my sister was. So finally we had music introduced.

I graduated in 1905 from Swarthmore, then I graduated from the School of Philanthropy in New York in 1906; that's now called the School of Social Work under Columbia University. It's been incorporated into Columbia" --Alice Paul, Conversations with Alice Paul: Woman Suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment, November 24, 1972

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Alice Stokes Paul's Timeline

January 11, 1885
Paulsdale, Mount Laurel Township, Burlington County, NJ, United States
July 9, 1977
Age 92
Greenleaf Extension Home, Moorestown, Burlington, New Jersey, United States
Westfield Friends Burial Ground, Cinnaminson, Burlington County, NJ, United States