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25+ Best Alice Paul Quotes From The American Suffragist

Alice Paul inspired women all over the world to fight for their rights.

Born in New Jersey, USA  Alice Paul was a feminist and part of the women's suffrage movement who led the protests to fight for women's right to vote in the US.

Alice Paul fought for gender equality during the twentieth century. Her greatest achievement was arguably the approval of the 19th Amendment in the US Constitution which disregards gender as a factor for the right to vote.

Alice Paul was from a wealthy family. She attended Swarthmore College for her and went on to complete her postgraduate studies at the New York School of Social Work. To study social work further, she went to England where she participated in the women's suffrage movement, this helped her gain knowledge on protesting tactics. After returning to the US, she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She soon joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Later she decided to start her own party called the National Woman's Party.

Paul was crucial in conducting protests outside the White House, which had never been done before. The group were known as the Silent Sentinels. Her relentless stance gained both support and opposition from others, but her protests continued even when the country was preparing for World War I. She was jailed multiple times during the protests and even went on hunger strike, resulting in being force fed via a tube. Her unwavering determination for equality soon gained a lot of public and political support.

Finally, President Wilson gave in to the pressure from the Silent Sentinels and other campaigners and accepted their demands. After this success, Alice formed the World Women's Party which was committed to bringing equality to women all around the world. Alice's commitment is a true inspiration to men and women alike which makes her one of the more important figures to learn from. Check out these famous suffragist quotes by Alice Paul and if you are interested in a particular Alice Paul quote or are looking for more quotes from famous feminists, do also take a look at our Emmeline Pankhurst quotes and Unity quotes for more.

Alice Paul Quotes About Women Rights

Alice Paul was a firm believer in gender equality in every aspect. Let's look at some of her feminist movement quotes, and right to vote quotes. Which quote about women rights from Alice Paul inspires you the most?

1. "This world crisis came about without women having anything to do with it. If the women of the world had not been excluded from world affairs, things today might have been different."

-Alice Paul.

2. "I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me, there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality."

-Alice Paul.

3. "Mr. President how long must women wait to get their liberty? Let us have the rights we deserve."

-Alice Paul.

4. "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

-Alice Paul.

5. "We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million women are denied the right to vote."

-Alice Paul.

Inspiring Activist Quotes From Alice Paul

A protest outside the White House was unheard of at the time.

Alice Paul was an inspiration to many around the world. Her determination to bring equality to the lives of women is showcased in these Alice Paul quotes about women's suffrage featuring her famous line, "when you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row".

6. "To me, it was shocking that a government of men could look with such extreme contempt on a movement that was asking nothing except such a simple little thing as the right to vote."

-Alice Paul.

7. "All the girls planned to start in and support themselves - and you know it wasn't so general then for girls to support themselves."

-Alice Paul.

8. "When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row."

-Alice Paul.

9. "To me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality."

-Alice Paul.

10. "There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it"

-Alice Paul.

Women's Suffrage Movement Quotes By Alice Paul

These women's suffrage quotes by Alice Paul show how she led the suffrage movement to relentlessly fight for women's rights. Which of these Alice Paul quotes inspires you the most?

11. "Unless women are prepared to fight politically they must be content to be ignored politically."

-Alice Paul.

12. "I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end."

-Alice Paul.

13. "A group of feminists, some with life partners, some not... who gather to address mother's rights and other issues important to us."

-Alice Paul.

14. "Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction."

-Alice Paul.

15. "It is better, as far as getting the vote is concerned, I believe, to have a small, united group than an immense debating society."

-Alice Paul.

Progressive Era Quotes By Alice Paul

Alice Paul's efforts for equality eventually changed the lives of women all over the world.

Our Alice Paul quotes have shown that Alice Paul's views on human life were different from many people of her time. See how she led her own life as an example to many with these Alice Paul quotes about women.

16. "It was a feeling of loyalty to our own sex and an enthusiasm to have every degradation that was put upon our sex removed."

-Alice Paul.

17. "It may be an instinct, it is with me anyway, when you’re presenting something to the world, to make it as beautiful as you can."

-Alice Paul.

18. "Food simply isn’t important to me."

-Alice Paul.

19. "I know my father believed and my mother believed in and supported the suffrage movement, and I remember my mother taking me to suffrage meetings held in the home of a Quaker family that lived not far from us."

-Alice Paul.

20. "It occurred to me that I just didn't see how I could go ahead and continue to eat meat. It just seemed so... cannibalistic to me. And so, I'm a vegetarian, and I have been ever since."

-Alice Paul.

Famous Quotes By Alice Paul

These famous Alice Paul quotes have shown the world that equality is the way forward. We must remember these Alice Paul quotes and the inspiring work of the Silent Sentinels as we continue the fight for equality for all today.

21. "I think if we get freedom for women, then they are probably going to do a lot of things that I wish they wouldn’t do. But it seems to me that isn’t our business to say what they should do with it. It is our business to see that they get it."

-Alice Paul.

22. "It has become impossible to forget ‘votes for women’, just as it was impossible to forget the reformation of Luther."

-Alice Paul.

23. "When you’re young, when you’ve never done anything very much on your own, you imagine that it won’t be so hard."

-Alice Paul.

24. "It is incredible to me that any woman should consider the fight for full equality won. It has just begun. There is hardly a field, economic or political, in which the natural and unaccustomed policy is not to ignore women."

-Alice Paul.

25. "I will settle down and teach for the rest of my days."

-Alice Paul.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for the best Alice Paul quotes from the American suffragist then why not take a look at Alice Walker quotes, or Toni Morrison quotes?

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