Alice Paul

“There will never be
a new world order
until women are a
part of it.”
Alice Paul was born on
January 11, 1885, in
Mt. Laurel, New
Jersey. She was the
first born of four
children. She had two
brothers William Jr.
and Parry. She also
had a sister, Helen.
Alice and her brother Billy.
Her life growing up at
Paulsdale, her family farm,
gave her a strong work
ethic which she used later
in life during women’s
suffrage. Her parents,
William and Tracie Paul,
were Hicksite Quakers and
raised her with a belief in
gender quality. Her
mother often brought her
to Women’s Suffrage
Alice demanded
passage of the
women’s suffrage
amendment which she
named it the Susan B
Anthony amendment.
In 1878 the first
women’s suffrage was
presented to congress.
It was reintroduced
every year for 40 years
but never voted on.
Alice graduated at
the top of her
class. Later she
Swarthmore, a
Quaker college.
At the age of 16,
she graduated
with a Bachelor of
Science degree in
Alice Paul is seated on the right
along with her Swarthmore
On a scholarship, she
went to England where
she studied at
Settlement for Social
work. At the University
of Birmingham and the
London School of
Economics she studied
Later in the United
States, she earned a Ph.D
in sociology from the
University of
Pennsylvania in 1912. She
earned an LL.B. from the
Washington College of
law in 1922. Then earned
an LL.M. from the
American University in
1927 and a Doctorate of
Civil Law in 1928.
She then received a Master of arts degree in
sociology from the University of
While studying in
England she met
Pankhurst, founder
of the British
suffrage movement.
They participated in
many radical
She had 3 prison
terms. She met Lucy
Burns at the police
station, which they
participated in many
strikes together and
were both arrested
and jailed together.
Alice Paul in jail.
At 26 years old, Alice along side Lucy
approached the National American
Women’s Suffrage Association.
Using her experience in England Alice
organized the largest parade ever
seen On March 3,1913. Over 8,000
women marched.
In 1915, Alice
founded the
Women’s Party for
western states who
already had the right
to vote. Later in 1916,
the Women’s Party
and the National
American Women’s
Suffrage Association
under her leadership.
The publicity for the
parade was more than
anyone would have
expected. On March 17,
Alice and other
suffragists met with
President Woodrow
Wilson. He said the
time was not right yet.
They met 2 more times
that month.
Alice organized
demonstration for
April 7, and she later
established the
Congressional Union
for Women’s
Alice fought for the ratification of the 19th
amendment. She witnessed it then later died
on July 9, 1977. She suffered a stroke.