Famous Fasts in History Alice Paul

About the famous faster Alice Paul who fasted for feminism.



Chairperson of the National Woman's party, Alice Paul was a short, frail, brown-haired woman whose youthful appearance and Quaker background stood in startling contrast to her unrelenting militancy in the cause of woman suffrage. Beginning on Nov. 5, 1917, she initiated a fast in Virginia's Occoquan Prison while serving a seven-month sentence for participating in a White House demonstration in which Pres. Woodrow Wilson was hanged in effigy. Other prisoners joined her. Her fast, like those of many other suffragettes, was terminated by force-feeding and an early release.

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