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Portrait of Alice Paul
Portrait of Alice Paul, a leader in the cause of women suffrage

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Ten Suffragists Arrested While Picketing at the White House
August 28, 1917

Between June and November 1917, 218 protestors from 26 states were arrested and charged with "obstructing sidewalk traffic" outside the White House gates. During that time, messages on the picket signs became more demanding. The women took advantage of the United States' entry into World War I on April 6. When Russian envoys came through Washington, posters proclaimed that the United States was a democracy in name only. Bystanders erupted in violence. What was the suffragists' next move?
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