"A man sprang at me and caught me by the shoulder. I remember saying, 'I'll come with you. Don't drag me. I have a lame foot.' But I was jerked down the steps and away into the dark.
I saw Dorothy Day brought in. She is a frail girl. The two men handling her were twisting her arms above her head. Then suddenly, they lifted her up and banged her down over the arm of an iron bench. Twice.
At the end of the corridor, they pushed me through a door. Then I lost my balance and fell against the iron bed. Mrs. Cosu struck the wall. We had only lain there a few minutes trying to get our breath when Mrs. Lewis was literally thrown in. Her head struck the iron bed. We thought she was dead. She didn't move. We were crying over her as we lifted her to the pad on my bed. We were so terrified. We kept very still."
And the next day, those terrified, battered women began a hunger strike.
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The women of the National Woman's Party sentenced to prison in November 1917 for picketing the White House had no idea what awaited them when they arrived at the Occoquan Workhouse. They endured brutality and abuse from the prison guards, but remained committed to their cause. Ranger Susan provides an eyewitness account. When have you needed courage?