Alice Paul sat in a filthy jail cell in Virginia. The year was 1917. The blanket on Paul’s bed hadn’t been washed in months, and the food was crawling with bugs. What crime had landed Paul in that awful place? She had been protesting for the right to vote.
Though suffrage is a basic right in a democracy, women in the U.S. gained that right only 100 years ago. And it took decades of struggle by activists like Paul to make it happen.