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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



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Table of

Visual Evidence

Photo 1: National Womanís Party Pickets,
February 1917

[Photo 1] with link to larger version of image.(Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress; Harris & Ewing, photographer)

Questions for Photo 1

1. Identify the building in the background of this photo. Why do you think the National Woman’s Party (NWP) would have decided to locate their picket lines here?

2. Look carefully at this image. The attitudes of passers-by towards the women changed as the picketing continued. What do you think this photo tells you about public reactions at the time it was taken (refer back to Reading 2, if necessary)?

NWP organizers planned every detail of the picketing. They recruited volunteers for shifts of seven hours each. Suffragists traveled from 30 states to take turns on the picket line. The women in this photo were all from Pennsylvania. Why do you think the NWP would have made such careful arrangements? Why do you think these women made the trip to stand on the picket line?

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