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Sophie Munns
Sophie Munns • 2 years ago

Catholic Worker crusader Dorothy Day with her prison dress [covered with autographs!] On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate. Arriving at a rural workhouse, the women were roughly handled. The women responded with a hunger strike. Finally they were freed by presidential order.

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Dorothy Day with the dress she wore during her last time in jail. On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate. (di jimforest)

It was 1917 when members of the National Women’s Party picketed outside the White House, demanding the right to vote. The Night of Terror took place on Nov 15 when the warden at the Workhouse Prison ordered his guards to teach the women a lesson. For weeks, the women’s only water had come from an open pail. Their food had been infested with worms. But on this night, some 40 prison guards wielding clubs beat the women senseless — grabbing, dragging, choking, kicking and pinching them.

Women picketed the White House in 1917 for women's right to vote

"TEACHING WOMEN A LESSON: 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." This is what women had to endure.

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