Photo: White House Suffrage Demonstration

This photo shows crowds gathered outside the White House for a suffrage demonstration on January 13, 1919. During the protest shown in the photo, 22 women were arrested.
The watch fires of freedom marked a return of woman suffrage pickets to the White House. They burned copies of President Woodrow Wilson's speeches in small cauldrons calling attention to his hypocrisy in touting democratic principles abroad while simultaneously refusing to secure the Senate votes needed to pass the woman suffrage amendment.
The nineteenth amendment to the Constitution enfranchising women was ratified in August 1920.
Currently not on view
associated institution
National Woman's Party
associated person
Paul, Alice
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
average spatial: 6 1/2 in x 7 in; 16.51 cm x 17.78 cm
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Credit Line
Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, Inc.
Women's Suffrage
Equal Rights Amendment
Voting Rights
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Political History: Political History, Women's History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Woman Suffrage
Data Source
National Museum of American History