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Jailed for Freedom: A First-Person Account of the Militant Fight for Women's Rights

Doris Stevens

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With a new introduction, this 100th-anniversary edition of Jailed for Freedom - the firsthand account of the courageous campaign of militant suffragists who fought with their lives for the right to vote - serves as an inspiring and instructive example for social movements today that continue to seek justice and change.

First published in 1920, Jailed for Freedom is the courageous, true story of the militant suffragists who organised some of the first-ever, large scale demonstrations and protests on Washington. At a time when President Woodrow Wilson's administration refused to acknowledge women's voting rights as a tangible issue, the National Woman's Party coalesced, organised and fought a fierce battle for the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment with heroism, bravery and radical vigilance.

With depth and clarity, Doris Stevens details the bravery of the women who picketed daily outside the White House, opened themselves up to ridicule and physical violence, were arrested on no viable charges, jailed when they chose not to pay fines and even beaten and force-fed when they went on hunger strikes.

Including a new introduction from suffrage historian Angela P. Dodson, author of Remember the Ladies and accompanied with poignant, archival illustrations, Jailed for Freedom is a tribute to the women and acts it took the pass the Nineteenth Amendment, apropos of radical activism that is still mobilising in politics today.

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