Woman & Voting (BevnTempe)

90 years ago these women fought against all odds. Will the fight be continued for our rights in 2010 so they won’t be taken from us?

This is the story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.  The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.  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.


Some women won’t vote this year because–why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?

(Mrs. Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a sixty-day sentence.)

HBO’s movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that females could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have our say. In the movie the doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.’

Present day women need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party – remember to vote.



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25 responses to “Woman & Voting (BevnTempe)

  1. Thanks for the post Bev, I didn’t know about these brave woman, thanks for filling us in.

  2. tonyb39

    Bev,thanks very good and informative as always!


    “You Can’t be a Feminist if You Don’t Support Women’s Freedoms”

    “Don’t want an abortion? Don’t have one.

    But no one should be able to take a woman’s freedom away from her, which is what Sarah Palin and her feministic followers want to do. Anyone who tries to strip women of our individual freedoms is not for women’s rights, but also against women’s freedoms, and they most certainly aren’t a feminist in any real, true or important manifestation of the word.

    I respect Sarah Palin and conservative women to make decisions that fit their lives and philosophy. Unfortunately, they do not respect mine.

    Freedom is not just for men.

    Human rights are women’s rights, which include individual freedom, which no one has the right to abridge.”

  3. Pat Buchanan: There Are Too Many Jews On The Supreme Court!


    Odd that Pat doesn’t have a problem with the other justices all being Catholic. Could it be because Pat is a Catholic himself? What a pig.

  4. Speaking of bigots:

    Tea Partiers Riding To Arizona’s Rescue


    Now here’s what I don’t get, and by all means if I’m wrong someone please let me know, but wasn’t the tea bag movement started as anti-tax movement. What has this to do with taxes (which btw are at their lowest rate since Truman occupied the WH)

  5. eProf2

    A great piece of American history, Bev. Well done!

    AZ now has a new law banning “ethnic studies” and teaching about “ethnic solidarity.” Of course, it’s aimed at Lationos, but couldn’t it equally apply to “women’s studies.” After all, these women that Bev writes about disturbed the public order: a phrase in the new anti-ethnic studies law.

    In the 1920’s, the attempt to stop women from voting was a control issue by white guys who were afraid of giving up their power. Here in AZ in 2010, we see the same thing: White guys and gals afraid of giving up their power and privilege in American society.

    Y’all vote on Tuesday!

    • dnd

      Another excellent post Bev. It’s interesting that the west was on the forefront of giving women the right to vote, beginning with the Territory of Wyoming in 1869. Colorado was the first state to give women the right to vote in 1893. Shortly thereafter was Utah and Idaho, then Washington, California, Oregon, Kansas, Arizona, the Alaska Territory, Montana and Nevada.

    • dnd

      Will the AZ banning of “ethnic studies” ban studies of Native Americans? The Brits and Scotts-Irish? I mean the history of America is a history of those of different ethnicity that came here from foreign lands.

  6. TempeBev

    AZ is so f–ked up in so many areas. Perhaps the Native Americans and Mexican Americans should ban together and take back was was stolen from them so many years ago. Everyday comes with a new unbelievable statement from our state government. Now the lady gov has formed a commission to re-brand our state and encourage tourism because there’s an image problem Duh!

  7. dog's eye view

    Used to live right down the road from Occoquan, and had never heard of this episode.

    Thanks for bringing it to attention, Bev.

  8. Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!!!!

    I was finally able to get into the agency site and check my report. It is now clean and my mortgage loan application should be approved with no problems.

    Another good note is that as of 10am this morning no one had put a higher bid in then the one my Realtor made a few days ago.

    Also I had to remind him that he told me that the bidding closed on the 16th which is tomorrow and I wondered how it worked. I ask if it meant the bidding would end at midnight the 16th or it meant that the bidding would end at 11:59pm the 15th.

    It appeared that he forgot it ended tonight and that means he will have to sit up tonight to make sure no one goes over me the last couple of minutes left on the bidding. He referred to it like Ebay which I’m not really that knowledgeable about, though I do understand the concept.

    I just spoke to him a few minutes ago to inform him that my mortgage should be approved now with no problems and he was going to check again to see if I still had the high bid. Him and his family were getting ready for supper and he said he would call me back it there were any changes.

    He is also going to call me between 12am and 12:30am to let me know if I got the house. After that I may have to meet with him to continue moving forward on this. I will need a home inspection which will determine if I take the house or walk away from it. I will also have to put up about $1,000 good faith money.

    Once that’s all done and if before June 1 then I will have to deal with my landlord. Believe me that will not be fun.

    Later gang and …

    God Bless.

  9. tonyb39

    Hey AP,

  10. Thanks Brian and Tony

    Well the clock is ticking down ever so slowly now. Just 1 hour and 34 minutes left and shortly after that I will know if I had the winning bid or not.

    At least that’s what I think as I’m not really sure how this all works. My Realtor should call me at least I hope he does. I do not want to call him at home this late so I may not know until tomorrow morning.

    Any why that’s where things currently stand. Catch you all later.

    Take care and…

    God Bless.

  11. dog's eye view

    waiting to hear, a-p. rooting for you!

  12. This should give Bev and eProf a warm and fuzzy feeling!

    Sarah Palin: ‘We’re All Arizonans Now’


  13. Well I just spoke to my agent and he said that I had misunderstood him. The bidding ends tonight at 11:59pm so I sit here in nervous limbo.

    He said that he couldn’t find any other bids and he looked all over the site he has access to for HUD properties.

    He also said he would call someone else he knows who does a lot more HUD than he does to see if there are any other links he may be unaware of.

    Anyway he did say he would call me later today and he would keep an eye on it until the closing of the bid. He also knows that if I have to I will go up to the asking price listed, but do not really want to go over it unless its only a few dollars more.

    Later and thanks for all the support. Take care and …

    God Bless.

  14. Brian…

    Soooo Sarah is like the Republicans in Arizona “Or A Nazi”.

    God Bless.

  15. Keeping my fingers crossed for you AP

  16. Thanks Brian and Dog…

    God Bless.

  17. Anyone else watching Specter on CNN? Def an air of desperation about him.

  18. tonyb39

    I missed it,Brian.I hope he loses,i like Sestak.Specter’s vote for healthcare was important so i understand the administration and Gov. Rendell’s support for him,go Sestak..

  19. Feels like a pizza night to me!

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