Despite being a shy, reserved person prior to her career as a women’s rights activist, Alice’s passion, dedication and determination changed the lives of women in the United States by securing for them the right to vote.

  • born on January 11, 1885 to Quaker parents in Mount Laurel, New Jersey
  • graduate of Swarthmore College
  • formed the National Woman’s Party (NWP) in 1916
  • after years of hard work, celebrated the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1920
  • after earning three law degrees, authored the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923
  • died on July 9, 1977 at the age of 92

Additional items related to this famous suffragette, the suffrage movement, the women’s movement, and girls’ empowerment are available at the Alice Paul Institute.

“I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction.
Most reforms, most problems are complicated.
But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.”

Alice Paul as quoted in American Heritage