Alice Paul Still Fighting for Womens’ Rights…100 Years Later


by Ron Coddington, KRT; courtesy Tribune News Service

Women’s History Month figures Alice Paul, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Z Goodman, Staff Reporter

Alice Paul. Does that name ring a bell?  How about Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton?

Alice Paul was a fellow women’s rights activist and equality supporter who would have been 130 years old on Monday the 11th of January. Alice Paul was born in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1885. During this time period women were not given the same rights as men, such as the right to vote or the right to own property. Alice Paul saw something wrong with these inequalities and began fighting for Women’s rights in the United States in 1910.

Alice Paul fought for women’s suffrage and formed the National Women’s Party that was solely dedicated to implementing equal rights for both men and women.Eventually women gained the right to vote in 1920 however, Alice’s work did not stop there. Alice Paul devoted the rest of her life to fighting for the equal rights of women in all settings. Alice Paul introduced the Equal Rights Amendment to Congress in 1923. The Equal Rights Amendment consists of three sections. According to the official Equal Rights Amendment website these sections include:

“Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.” to this day this amendment is still not ratified into the constitution.

Although Alice Paul is no longer alive today, she will always be known as a strong, inspiring,  Women’s Rights Activist. The Alice Paul Institute has a verified Twitter account in her name, where her historians post quotes from Paul about issues of inequality that continue to affect women today. As Alice Paul once said “I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.”

Travis Davis from Fort Drum New York says “Without women this world could not survive.” Women have come a long way within the last 100 years and none of this would have taken place without women such as Alice Paul to take a stand against inequality.