On this day in 1917, several female suffragettes were arrested for picketing in front of the White House and were sentenced to 2 months at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia. There, the women, including Alice Paul, were subjected to deplorable living and working conditions, such as malnourishment and being chained by their wrists in their cells. Publicity over this mistreatment would later aid the women’s suffrage movement and help women to win the right to vote, but it is horrifying to think about what these women went through to get to that point. I am so grateful to these women and all those who helped to fight for my right to vote and who made it known that women’s voices need to be heard. #history #alicepaul #womensuffrage #thankful

Women’s History Month!

Alice Paul! Kick ass suffragette of the 2nd wave feminist movement!  Paul was a major player in the fight for a woman’s right to vote.  She organized pickets of the White House and Woodrow Wilson for equal women’s rights and was arrested in 1917, along with other protesters, on trumped up “obstructing traffic” charges.  In prison, Paul demanded to be treated like a political prisoner and organized hunger strikes.  She was force-fed raw eggs through a feeding tube.  Once out of prison, Paul continued to fight for women’s rights and was able to celebrate the passing of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote in 1920.  She continued to work domestically and internationally for equal rights until her death in 1977. 

I’m glad that I grew up in a household where I was taught to fight back. I do not let a boy touch me if I don’t want them to touch me. To kick and bite and scream until they let go or I get away. To kick them where it hurts.

Not everyone has that. So I count it a blessing.

But the sad part is, I standout in a society that thinks that feminism is man-hating, and that you can’t be pro-life while wanting Equal Rights.

I live in a society where it’s okay for gay/bi men to touch women because they’re attracted to the same sex. I don’t let my bi ex-boyfriend touch me just because he has a boyfriend and it “doesn’t mean anything”. I didn’t let him touch me when we were dating, I won’t let him touch me now.

I live in a society where no one helped me when a friend of ours (a marine) put me in a headlock and tried to break me because I took a picture of him in a dress (which is something in our chorus family that will ALWAYS be documented). In a crowded room no one helped me as I had to wrestle and kick and twist and scream. They all just laughed because “That’s how he is”. And when I explained it from my point of view, my friends, also girls, just shrugged and ignored the terror deep into my eyes.

I thank God I knew how to get out of a headlock.

Feminism is not hating men. I love beautiful boys and dream of my wedding day and all the other “girly” things.

Feminism is not trying to defy the “gender” roles, it is allowing women to do the manly work and allowing men to cook if that’s how they want to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that some Trans-men and women truly do not feel right being their birth gender, but have we ever thought about the fact that maybe their birth gender IS supposed to be them, but society has shunned being a “tom-boy” and a “feminine man” so much that it makes them feel even more out of place?

Feminism is not defying the idea that the men clean up the auditorium or carry the heavy stuff after events while the women clean up the smaller stuff. It is revealing the ideals that women can help too and the job gets done 10x faster.

I could go on for days, but I don’t think the world is ready for everything I have to say.

"Mr.President, how long will WOMEN wait for LIBERTY. Let us have the rights we deserve" - Alice Paul