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Women’s Equality Day was August 26th 

Women’s Equality Day on August 26 is an annual observance that commemorates the anniversary of the first time voting rights were extended to women in the United States.

A Night of Terror Remembered

In 1917 (a hundred years ago) suffragists were imprisoned after picketing the White  House.  They suffered violent attacks at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia. They were members of the National Woman’s Party, affidavits claim they were brutally beaten and abused.   Lucy Burns was handcuffed and forced to hang from the top of her cell, while some witnesses say Dora Lewis suffered a heart attack. The abuse was ordered by the superintendent, W.H. Whittaker, in an attempt to teach the suffragists a lesson. The courage and conviction expressed by the National Woman’s Party inspired more volunteers to join the picket line and eventually convince the public and elected officials to support the suffrage amendment. Read more about this incident and the bravery of these women at these links:

 

 

A Night of Terror Remembered

In 1917 (a hundred years ago) suffragists were imprisoned after picketing the White  House.  They suffered violent attacks at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia. They were members of the National Woman’s Party, affidavits claim they were brutally beaten and abused.   Lucy Burns was handcuffed and forced to hang from the top of her cell, while some witnesses say Dora Lewis suffered a heart attack. The abuse was ordered by the superintendent, W.H. Whittaker, in an attempt to teach the suffragists a lesson. The courage and conviction expressed by the National Woman’s Party inspired more volunteers to join the picket line and eventually convince the public and elected officials to support the suffrage amendment. Read more about this incident and the bravery of these women at these links: