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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 5, 2017 11:39 AM
From: Representative Leanne Krueger
To: All House members
Subject: 100th Anniversary of “Silent Sentinels”
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the peaceful protests by the “Silent Sentinels” whose efforts significantly contributed to the passage of women’s suffrage.

In January 1917, Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party, which had been campaigning for years for women’s right to vote, decided to change their tactics to renew public interest in their cause. The women became the first group ever to organize a picket line outside the White House with their goal to convince President Woodrow Wilson to support women’s suffrage. Using signs and banners – often with Wilson’s own words about freedom and liberty – the women peacefully instigated a shift in public opinion and political action that spurred movement on the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Over more than two-and-a-half years, nearly 2,000 suffragists traveled from 30 states to take shifts on the picket lines, regardless of the weather or insults hurled at them. Many went to jail for protesting, assembling and speaking at suffrage rallies, enduring unsanitary prison conditions and brutal treatment. The “Silent Sentinels” even orchestrated a nationwide tour to create a groundswell of support for ratification of the amendment, which was finally adopted in August 1920.

Please join me in honoring the “Silent Sentinels” as we mark the 100th anniversary of their indispensable efforts fighting to secure women’s right to vote.

Introduced as HR31