Alice Paul: Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee

(1915)

Alice Paul did not produce a large body of written documents. Modern students of the woman’s suffrage and early feminist movements can gain insight into Paul’s values and beliefs from oral sources, including her Testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on the question of female suffrage. Along with three of her fellow suffragists, Paul appeared before the committee on December 16, 1915, to speak on behalf of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage in support of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting voting rights to women.

Earlier that month, the so-called Anthony Amendment (named for Susan B. Anthony) had been introduced (not for the first time) in the House by Franklin Wheeler Mondell and in the Senate by George Sutherland. In the ensuing years, the amendment was repeatedly tabled, postponed, or rejected. It was not until June of 1919 that Congress voted 56 to 25 to pass the Nineteenth Amendment. It took effect on August 18, 1920, when Tennessee became...

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