July 31, 2016 |
If Alice Paul, the New Jersey suffragist who led the fight to get women the vote, had witnessed Hillary Clinton's becoming the first female presidential candidate of a major party, she likely would have celebrated briefly and then gone back to work. That's according to the women who have studied Paul and run the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel. "She would say, 'Now we need to keep working,' " Terri O'Connell, a spokeswoman for the organization, said Friday, a day after watching history being made with fellow feminists and activists in Center City.
April 18, 2016 |
Lillian Ciarrochi, 85, of Philadelphia, a feminist who campaigned to improve the lives of women both here and nationwide, died Wednesday, April 13, of an aneurysm at her Center City home. Eleanor Smeal, the former president of the National Organization for Women, called Ms. Ciarrochi "a real jewel, a lover of action, a fighter, a strong friend, and an indefatigable feminist who worked constantly for women's rights. " "She did whatever needed to be done and never looked at any clocks.
April 14, 2016 |
President Obama on Tuesday designated the former headquarters of the National Woman's Party, founded by Mount Laurel native Alice Paul in 1917, as a national monument. The three-story brick house in Washington will be renamed the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in honor of Paul and Alva Belmont, a suffragist and benefactor whose donations helped the party purchase the building in 1929. Obama took the action on "Equal Pay Day," which marks the length of time women must work into a new year to make the same amount on average that men made in the previous year.
March 20, 2016 |
In June 1909, Alice Paul sent a letter to her mother from London. "Dear Mamma. . . I have joined the 'suffragettes' - the militant party of the women's suffrage question," it began. About six months later, a New York Times report said that Paul's screams were heard "resounding through the prison" in London when painful force-feedings were implemented to stop a hunger strike by the suffragettes. Paul mailed another message to her childhood home in Mount Laurel and addressed it to her mother, Tacie: "I am sorry thee was so worried..
January 13, 2016 |
The suffragette Alice Paul was honored Monday with a whimsical Google Doodle and at her birthplace in Mount Laurel, where a congressman spoke of his efforts to have a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal awarded to her for her contributions to women's equality. The Doodle, the central image on Google's search page, marked Paul's 131st birthday and linked to stories about Paul's lifelong dedication to passage of the 19th Amendment and the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. In the Doodle, Paul holds an umbrella and a sign that says "Deeds Not Words," a nod to her activism and willingness to go to jail to effect change.
July 10, 2014
THE HEARTBREAKING and alarming news that one in five high school students is involved with either DHS or the juvenile justice system should be a wake-up call for systemic change. Even though we should never abandon these students or give up hope, the intervention that has the best chance of saving them must happen as early as possible. Blaming their dysfunctional homes as an excuse not to fund early intervention programs only exacerbates the problem. Meanwhile, many teachers apply for positions in urban schools at all levels for the purpose of making a difference.
April 8, 2013
Early help to thwart violence "Shame on us if we've forgotten" the victims of Newtown and other mass shootings, President Obama said last week. But the real shame is failing to face the elephant in the room: mental health. Several decades ago, civil rights activists' court challenges narrowed the government's ability to give a person help with psychological issues without his consent. Today, troubled individuals have to commit a crime before this can happen. While the 500-plus annual murders in Obama's adopted hometown of Chicago do not happen because of mental disorders, mass murders like those at Sandy Hook Elementary all have a mental-health component.
March 28, 2013 |
George Washington got one. So did Andrew Jackson, the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, and Neil Armstrong. But 161 years would pass before the Congress of the United States awarded its Gold Medal to a woman. Now, says U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.), it's time for Congress to posthumously accord its highest civilian honor to Alice Paul - the unyielding civil rights advocate from Mount Laurel credited with passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
January 24, 2013
ON MONDAY, President Obama hailed the pioneers who in 1848 first fought for women's rights at Seneca Falls, N.Y. On Wednesday, Obama's Pentagon sent America's female troops charging up Hamburger Hill, metaphorically speaking. Leon Panetta, the outgoing defense secretary, has decided that for the first time U.S. women troops will be eligible for front-line combat infantry or artillery jobs that have long been restricted to men - first by tradition and after 1994 by official Pentagon policy, according to multiple news accounts.
November 19, 2006 |
About 20 people formed a circle lit by candlelight Tuesday in the cemetery of the Westfield Friends Meeting. They stood by the grave of suffragist Alice Paul, who is buried in a small plot marked by an unadorned white marble marker. Although the mood was somber, they were not trying to conjure her spirit. They were there to mark the 1917 Night of Terror. In January that year, female demonstrators had started holding round-the-clock vigils outside Woodrow Wilson's White House, demanding the vote for women.