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“Each of puts in . . .”

Today – January 11th – in 1885 Alice Paul was born. A key leader in women’s fierce fight for the vote, Alice Paul was arrested, jailed, and force fed, all for the right to vote, a sacred right. One of the ways I get to “know” historic women is to read what their contemporaries said about them. In 1914 while working in the winning campaign for the vote in Nevada, Mabel Vernon told Sara Bard that Alice Paul was “The most extraordinary woman. She’s no bigger than a wisp of hay, but she has the most deep and beautiful violet-blue eyes, and when they look at you and ask you to do something you could no more refuse.” One of my favorite Alice Paul’s quotes is: “The movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in a little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.”

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