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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.
"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.
British women working during wartime, November 27, 1942.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony formed the Women’s Loyal National League, the first national women’s political organization. Learn more about these exceptional women with this interactive guide. (photo: Library of Congress)