November 20, 1917: No word from, or about, the suffragists being held in Virginia’s Occoquan Workhouse and D.C.’s District Jail today—but plenty of action by both the National Woman’s Party and the New York State Woman Suffrage Party.
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.
November 18, 1917: National Woman’s Party leader Alice Paul has finally been transferred out of the psychopathic ward of Washington, D.C.’s District Jail, and today succeeded in smuggling a note out of the hospital ward where she is now being kept during her hunger strike and force-feedings.
November 17, 1917: Public support for the imprisoned “Silent Sentinel” suffragists is increasing now that newspapers have begun to print excerpts from a note written by Lucy Burns that was smuggled out of Occoquan Workhouse. The lawyer for several of the women in Occoquan was also able to visit them yesterday and is still talking […]
November 16, 1917: The isolation of the suffrage prisoners in Occoquan Workhouse was finally broken today, and details about their ordeals are about to become known to the public.
We assume that William Shakespeare invented the Shakespearean sonnet—but what if Mary Sidney did instead?
Thursday nights—when my dad met his boys for tennis at the 59th Street courts, followed by burgers and drinks at PJ Clark’s—the ladies gathered in the living room to talk about the breakdown of communication in their marriages, the insidious and daily oppression they felt, the depression and malaise in the absence of career or workplace engagement.
November 15, 1917: Hunger strike! The policy of total resistance to the authorities at Occoquan Workhouse by imprisoned suffragists until they are granted political prisoner status has now expanded to rejecting all food, according to a bulletin from the National Woman’s Party.
November 14, 1917: Occoquan Workhouse is living up to its barbaric reputation tonight as suffragist prisoners endure a night of terror.
November 13, 1917: Today saw yet another example of the outrageous treatment given to the peaceful suffragists picketing President Wilson.