In 1913, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns founded the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (later named the National Woman’s Party in 1915). Desperate for change, the group took drastic measures to further the suffragists movement. While some of the women were picketing in front of the White House, they were attacked by angry residents and arrested for “Obstructing Traffic’. The women, including Alice and Lucy were sent to jail on false charges. While in jail, Alice started a hunger strike. She was force fed and abused, as were some of the others. Word got out to the public of the women’s treatment and they were released promptly. Following shortly after their release from prison, the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote in all states.

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