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“Alice Paul, Claiming Power” Author Sheds Light On Suffrage Leader

“Alice Paul, Claiming Power” Author Sheds Light On Suffrage Leader

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June 25, 2014

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“ALICE PAUL, CLAIMING POWER” AUTHOR SHEDS LIGHT ON SUFFRAGE LEADER

J.D. “Jill” Zahniser discusses biography that took years to complete

FAIRFAX, Va. (June 24,2014) Suffragist Alice Paul is unknown by many, but independent scholar J.D. “Jill” Zahniser of Minnesota is bringing her to light for the masses. Dr. Zahniser read from her
new book, “Alice Paul, Claiming Power,” at a gathering Sunday, June 22, at Fairfax City Hall in Fairfax, Va. Dr. Zahniser describes Paul as a woman who masterfully used publicity to promote women’s suffrage but kept her own personal life very private. Edith P. Mayo, Curator Emeritus of Political History at the Smithsonian Institution, says the book is the “definitive biography of (Alice) Paul during the suffrage era.”

Sponsored by the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial
Association (TPSMA) and hosted by the Fairfax City
Commission for Women, the event included a detailed
discussion of the book that has been years in the making. Based
on personal letters and an extensive interview in 1973 with
Alice Paul conducted by co-author Amelia Fry, the book details
how Paul went from being a mild-mannered Quaker to an
outspoken advocate for women’s rights.

Proceeds from the lecture and book signing will go toward the
construction of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in
Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA. It will be the nation’s
first national suffragist memorial and will pay tribute to the
suffragists whose harsh treatment at the Occoquan Workhouse
served as a turning point for the recognition of a woman’s
right to vote. For more information about the memorial please
visit the website: www.suffragistmemorial.org.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA) is an all volunteer 501c3 with the mission “to memorialize the suffragists whose harsh treatment at the Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va., served as a turning point for the recognition of a woman’s right to vote; and to educate, inspire and empower present and future generations to remain vigilant in the quest for equal rights.” The goal is to see a memorial built and fully operational by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. It will be located in the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s Occoquan Regional Park. Learn more about the memorial at www.suffragistmemorial.org and like our Facebook page.

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