“The arrested suffragists were sent to Occoquan Workhouse, a prison in Virginia. Paul and her compatriots followed the English suffragette model and demanded to be treated as political prisoners and staged hunger strikes. Their demands were met with brutality as suffragists, including frail, older women, were beaten, pushed and thrown into cold, unsanitary, and rat-infested cells. Arrests continued and conditions at the prison deteriorated. For staging hunger strikes, Paul and several other suffragists were forcibly fed in a tortuous method. Prison officials removed Paul to a sanitarium in hopes of getting her declared insane. When news of the prison conditions and hunger strikes became known, the press, some politicians, and the public began demanding the women’s release; sympathy for the prisoners brought many to support the cause of women’s suffrage.” [AlicePaul.Org]
If Paul and here cohorts could withstand the treatment in the prison, and endure incarceration to promote the vote for women in this country, surely standing in line — even for several hours — isn’t too much to ask to protect:
1. A woman’s right to have a say in her own reproductive health treatment.
2. A woman’s right to apply to the educational institution of her choice.
3. A woman’s right to get equal pay for equal work.
4. A woman’s right to be free of legal discrimination in cases of rape and domestic violence.
5. A woman’s right to be an equal participant in our political processes.
6. A woman’s right to be free from discrimination by health care providers and health care insurance corporations.