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In 1917, Alice Paul formed the National Woman's Party (NWP) in Washington, DC. Under her leadership, the NWP held street meetings, lobbied legislators, organized parades, pageants, and national speaking tours, and began picketing the White House, where they were physically attacked and ultimately arrested.  Their radical tactics created enormous public support for suffrage, and resulted in the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, granting women the vote. In 1923, Paul wrote the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and launched what would be for her a life-long campaign to win full equality for women.

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Members of the National Woman's Party outside the White House

The methods of Alice Paul and the NWP became a blueprint for civil-rights organizations and activities throughout the twentieth century.  Today, the NWP seeks to educate the public about the women's rights movement at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum through the inspiring story of a century of courageous activism by American women.

 

 
 
   

 

 

 

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