The Quaker Culture Values Equality

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As the Quaker culture values equality between the sexes, it is no surprise, while Alice Paul later dismissed the religious aspects of it, the ideals of equality followed her and shaped her life and legacy. Later on, after traveling to Britain and becoming radicalized for the women’s suffrage cause, would return and win women across America the long sought after right to vote. Even then, once she had won, she immediately began work on the Equal Rights Amendment, living to see its passage, but died without seeing it ultimately thrown out due to lack of ratification. Due to her determination and radicalization in 1907, American women now have the right to vote and are now on the path to complete equality. On January 11th, 1885, in the…show more content…
In 1905, Paul graduated from Swarthmore with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She would be the only Paul child to graduate. In an attempt to broaden her education, she continued with graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Master of Arts degree. Through a scholarship, she was then able to travel to Birmingham, England, to study social work, which resulted in her receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in sociology, and by 1928 had acquired three law degrees. While in England, however, she went to listen to Christabel Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst who was a co-founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), of which Alice and her mother had often spoken of. The WSPU was a militant organization fighting for the female vote in Britain. Weeks after the event, in a letter to her mother, she relays that the event was “worse that what [her and her mother} read about.” According to an interview conducted in her later years, “The English women were struggling hard to get the vote, and everyone was urged to come in and help.” Soon after she joined, she was asked by Emmeline Pankhurst to go and interview the Prime Minister. In her own words, the “interview” went as follows: "’It was a weary vigil,’ she said, ‘but it paid. The Prime Minister made a most eloquent speech, and I listened, waiting for a chance to break in. At last there came a pause. Summoning all my strength, I
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