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CANCELLED – Leas Forum: Alice Paul
March 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
No fee. No registration required.Blunt-speaking, no-nonsense Alice Paul was born into a Quaker family in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Her many areas of studies and earned degrees included a B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College, social work at the New York School of Philanthropy (now the Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work) and the University of Birmingham. She learned economics and political science at the London School of Economics, and received an M.A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of Pennsylvania; all while working for suffrage. Paul later went to law school at American University. Paul joined the fight for suffrage in Great Britain, returned home to work with the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the National Woman’s Party, campaigned against President Wilson’s refusal to support women’s suffrage, went on hunger strikes, and was jailed in order to secure the 19th Amendment. When that passed, in 1920, Alice Paul wrote and worked for the Equal Rights Amendment, introducing the bill in 1923.Ideally cast as the educated, beautiful Welsh-American legal scholar and activist, Taylor Williams, of the American Historical Theatre, takes up the standard of Alice Paul. Ms. Williams presents Alice Paul as a woman with tunnel vision, eschewing heated rooms because they would tempt her to read a novel. Crediting Ms. Paul as a supreme strategist who revitalized the suffrage movement, Ms. Williams brings to life the all-too-human woman willing to be classified a political prisoner and endure force feedings in order to elicit the public outrage that would eventually convince a nation that women deserve the vote.
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