WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE LEADER
(1885 – 1977)
Did you ever believe in something so much you were willing to do anything, even go to jail and go on a hunger strike, to help people realize you were right? Well, I did. My name is Alice Stokes Paul and I spent my life working for equality for women.
I was born in 1885 in Moorestown, New Jersey. My family was Quaker and we believed in equal rights for all people. I always worked very hard and my father often said, “When there is anything hard or disagreeable to be done, I bank on Alice.”
Learning and helping others was always an important part of my life. When I was young, girls often were not allowed to go to college, but I did. I attended five colleges and received six degrees. I went to England to study and to work with poor families. While I was there, I became friends with Mrs. Pankhurst and other English suffragists. In those days, only men were allowed to vote. Suffragists believed all people should vote, women as well as men. I agreed with the suffragists and so I worked to help them change the laws in England.