Anne And Alice : Similar Women

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Anne and Alice: Similar Women, Different Lives

Imagine watching all the presidential debates, reading all the news articles, hearing all the campaign speeches, but having to sit in the living room. Imagine living in a country heralded as the birthplace of liberty, and yet being denied the ability to vote, the ability to have a voice in politics and play a part in the democracy. Cheated, vexed, and marginalized: the exact feelings of many American women. From these women came the First Wave Feminists, a group of suffragettes who utilized protests, pamphlets, and petitions to obtain the rights they deserved. One suffragette, Alice Paul, was often at the head of these movements. Through parading, picketing, and protesting, Paul dedicated her life to women’s voting rights. Born not into wealth, but a small Quaker community, Paul spent her childhood in a quiet corner of New Jersey. Keeping with the teachings of their religion, Alice and her three siblings were raised to believe that men and women were inherently equal. After small-town religious elementary schools, Paul went on to Swarthmore College to earn a four-year Biology degree. As a teen and young adult, Paul always planned on changing the world, but it wasn’t until her stay in England that she became a “militant feminist” (Carol). In England, feminism was shifting from peaceful protests to primarily violent and destructive protests led by the Pankhurst family, radical feminist Emmeline and her two daughters. Heavily…
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