Today in Feminist History: Will Their Jailers Admit That Suffragists are Political Prisoners?

November 19, 1917: Sixteen of the suffragists imprisoned in Occoquan Workhouse are continuing the hunger strike they began after arrival on the evening of the 14th—but their condition has now become so serious that according to Mary Short, who was just released today, Superintendent Whittaker has asked for permission to grant their demand to be treated as political prisoners.