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Lucy Branham during World War I


Lucy Branham during World War I



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Summary: Informal portrait, full-length, Lucy Branham, facing forward, standing in front of a building and holding a sign, "We Demand That The American Government Give Alice Paul A Political Offender, The Privileges Russia Gave Miyukoff."
Lucy G. Branham of Baltimore, Md., an organizer for the NWP, was a graduate of Washington College who earned graduate degrees at Johns Hopkins and Columbia. Branham was arrested picketing Sept. 1917 and sentenced to 60 days in Occoquan Workhouse and District Jail. She was a speaker in the "Prison Special" tour of Feb-Mar 1919. Source: Doris Stevens, Jailed for Freedom (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1920), 355.

Suffragettes Women's suffrage is the right of women to vote in elections. Beginning in the late 1800s, women worked for broad-based economic and political equality and for social reforms, and sought to change voting laws in order to allow them to vote. National and international organizations formed to coordinate efforts to gain voting rights, especially the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (founded in 1904, Berlin, Germany), and also worked for equal civil rights for women. Women who owned property gained the right to vote in the Isle of Man in 1881, and in 1893, the British colony of New Zealand granted all women the right to vote. Most independent countries enacted women's suffrage in the interwar era, including Canada in 1917; Britain, Germany, Poland in 1918; Austria and the Netherlands in 1919; and the United States in 1920. Leslie Hume argues that the First World War changed the popular mood: "The women's contribution to the war effort challenged the notion of women's physical and mental inferiority and made it more difficult to maintain that women were, both by constitution and temperament, unfit to vote. If women could work in munitions factories, it seemed both ungrateful and illogical to deny them a place in the polling booth. But the vote was much more than simply a reward for war work; the point was that women's participation in the war helped to dispel the fears that surrounded women's entry into the public arena..."

In 1913 Woman suffrage procession organized by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and led by Inez Milholland marched through Washington, D.C. In 1917 Suffragettes organized the "Silent Sentinels" first protest outside The White House, in Washington led by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party. Alice Paul served a 7-month jail sentence for protesting women's rights in Washington.





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