Fun Facts about Women’s Suffrage
There is a difference between the terms “suffragist” and “suffragette.” In the United States, supporters of woman suffrage preferred and used the term suffragist. In Britain, militant supporters of woman suffrage called themselves suffragettes. When the American press, or those who opposed woman suffrage, called an American woman a suffragette, it was intended to be derogatory.
American women who were jailed for demonstrating for the right to vote were force-fed in prison when they went on hunger strikes.
Women were the first protest group in US history to picket the White House. Since then, this tactic has been used by many groups to protest for rights.
Alice Paul, leader of the National Woman’s Party, was put in solitary confinement in the mental ward of the prison as a way to “break” her will and to undermine her credibility with the public.
The nineteenth amendment to the Constitution granting women the vote was passed by only one vote. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the Amendment, and it passed the legislature when Harry Burn, a young legislator, changed his vote to “yes” after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to “do the right thing.” 

Fun Facts about Women’s Suffrage

  • There is a difference between the terms “suffragist” and “suffragette.” In the United States, supporters of woman suffrage preferred and used the term suffragist. In Britain, militant supporters of woman suffrage called themselves suffragettes. When the American press, or those who opposed woman suffrage, called an American woman a suffragette, it was intended to be derogatory.
  • American women who were jailed for demonstrating for the right to vote were force-fed in prison when they went on hunger strikes.
  • Women were the first protest group in US history to picket the White House. Since then, this tactic has been used by many groups to protest for rights.
  • Alice Paul, leader of the National Woman’s Party, was put in solitary confinement in the mental ward of the prison as a way to “break” her will and to undermine her credibility with the public.
  • The nineteenth amendment to the Constitution granting women the vote was passed by only one vote. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the Amendment, and it passed the legislature when Harry Burn, a young legislator, changed his vote to “yes” after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to “do the right thing.” 
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