The women’s movement just got a national monument

Let’s remember the total badasses who worked to earn women the right to vote

National Woman’s Party executive group © Library of Congress
The Sewall-Belmont House, home of the National Woman’s Party © Library of Congress
Alice Paul in 1915 © Library of Congress
Spectators disrupt marchers during the Woman Suffrage Procession down Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, 1913. © Library of Congress
Members of the NWP outside the White House, January 1919. © Library of Congress
Frances Pepper (left) and Elizabeth Smith (right) working in the offices of The Suffragist, the weekly journal published by the Congressional Union and National Woman’s Party from 1913 to 1921. © Library of Congress
Suffrage envoys from San Francisco (en route to Washington, DC) are greeted in New Jersey. The petition they brought before Congress had 500,000 signatures. © Library of Congress
Silent Sentinel in front of the White House. © Library of Congress
National Woman’s Party activists watch Alice Paul sew a star onto the their Ratification Flag, representing another state’s ratification of the 19th Amendment. 36 states had ratified the amendment when it was adopted in 1920. © Library of Congress
Alice Paul unfurling the completed Ratification Flag in Washington D.C. in late August 1920. © Library of Congress

“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…Unless women are prepared to fight politically they must be content to be ignored politically.”

Paul was the original author of the 1923 Equal Rights Amendment to guarantee women’s rights and fought for its passage throughout her life. That amendment still has not been ratified.

Author of Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls: A Memoir of Women, Addiction, and Love. Work in NYT, New Republic, the Guardian, Jezebel, and more.