Many of us today tend to forget the true fact that FREEDOM ISN’T FREE.  In this article from Dr Coldwell’s site, we are reminded of a time just one generation ago, women truly endured critical abuses, torture, and imprisonment for just practicing their 1st Amendment right.  Their bravery led to the passing of their right to vote in 1920.  PlanetPrisoner urges women across our great nation to get out the vote, learn of the courageous women who, not long ago, suffered in order for you to have that right.

SOURCE: DrLeonardColdwell.com

A somber reminder of what the women’s suffrage movement was like…Jackie

I have heard and read some awful truths regarding a president from our the past…President Woodrow Wilson.  Please read through this and imagine, could this very same thing ever happen in our time?   We are on our way to this very same path if we don’t sit up and do our homework.  This is THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF YOUR LIFETIME!! Please take this election seriously, it’s all of our future. Don’t think for one moment this can’t happen [in some form] today.  Don’t let the America we know slip through our finger tips….we’re holding on by a tiny thread.

This is the story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the
right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed 
nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs
asking for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty 
prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted
of ‘obstructing sidewalk traffic.’
(Lucy Burns)
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above 
her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and
gasping for air.

(Dora Lewis)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head 
against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell
mate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a
heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards
grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching,
twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the ’Night of Terror’ on Nov. 15,1917
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virgini ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there
because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House
for the right to vote. For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their food–all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms.

(Alice Paul)
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger 
strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her
throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She
was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled
out to the press.

Mrs Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a 60 day
Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown , New York
All these years later, voter registration is still my passion.  But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
Sometimes it was inconvenient.

(Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate)
My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, I  saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked  angry.
She was–with herself. ‘One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,’ she said.
‘What would those women think of the way I use, or don’t use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.’ The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her ‘all over again.’
HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum. I want it shown on Bunco/Bingo night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea ofsocializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

Conferring over ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at National
Woman’s Party headquarters, Jackson Place , Washington , D.C.
Left to right: Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer, Alice Paul,
Florence Boeckel, Mabel Vernon (standing, right))It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was 
strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy. The doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.’
Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women
you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that
was fought so hard for by these very courageous women.
Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party
– remember to vote.

Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk , Conn. Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. 
prison for carrying banner, ‘Governments derive their just powers
from the consent of the governed.’
So, refresh MY memory. Some women won’t vote this year because -Why, exactly?
  • We have carpool duties?
  • We have to get to work?
  • Our vote doesn’t matter?
  • It’s raining?
  • I’m so busy…I’ve got so much on my plate!
Read again what these women went through for you! We can’t let all their suffering be for nothing.
Read the Dr Leonard Coldwell article here:



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