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    As we near the end of Woman's History Month, I'd like to share a story of a group of women suffragists who were imprisoned and tortured, all because they wanted the right to vote.

    An important history lesson

    This is the story of women who were ground-breakers. These brave women from the early 1900s made all the difference in the lives we live today. Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

    When American women picketed in front of the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote, they were jailed. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

    (Lucy Burns)
    They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

    (Dora Lewis)

    They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

    Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right To vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
    (Alice Paul)
    When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

    All women who have ever voted, have ever owned property, have ever enjoyed equal rights need to remember that women's rights had to be fought for in Canada as well. Do our daughters and our sisters know the price that was paid to earn rights for women here, in North America ?
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    Funny how I was never taught that in school...
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      "Iron Jawed Angels" with Hillary Swank and Anjelica Huston is a terrific film about the Women's Suffragette Movement. The scenes of Hillary as Alice Paul being force fed in prison are very disturbing and quite graphic. That being said, I highly recommend the film if you get the chance to see it.
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        Great thread...If it's okay...I'd like to share some of my heroes...

        Some amazing women that I bet you also didn't learn about in school...

        The WASP...Women AirForce Service Pilots.

        These ladies were employed by the Army Air Force during WWII to fly military crafts, while freeing their male counterparts for combat service. Over 25,000 women applied for the positions, about 1,900 were chosen.

        38 WASP were killed in service. 11 during training, and 27 during active service. Since they weren't considered to be formally in the military, they were sent their family's expense without military honors or note or their heroism. A flag was not even allowed to be placed on their coffins.

        Last year, President Obama awarded the WASP the Congressional Medal of Honor.

        An interesting side note...Walt Disney drew the WASP mascot....a female gremlin (who tickled fighter pilots and bombardiers just when they got their sights lined up for the perfect shot )...named Fifinella.
        Last edited by Stitchy; 03-30-2010, 04:46 PM.


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          yay for this thread!!!

          im a day late for women's history month (drat!), but really, we should be learning and celebrating the accomplishments and struggles of women and marginalized groups all the time.

          another female hero of mine is my mom, who was one of the first women professional body builders!

          celebrate our amazon warriors!
          "The magic is as wide as a smile and as narrow as a wink, loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong, it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins the happily ever after." ~ An imagineer


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            Much praise to all the women for being women, Without you there would be no us and you guys are just so so so so so so wonderful. Thank you


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