Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party presents approximately 500 photographs documenting the broad range of tactics employed by the National Woman’s Party and individual portraits of the organization’s leaders. The bulk of the photographs in the online collection pertain to the period from 1913 to 1922. Photographs depict dramatic pageants to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, mass rallies and parades, White House pickets, and the arrest and imprisonment of party members. Photographs verify the National Woman’s Party efforts to secure passage of the 19th Amendment and the subsequent abortive campaign for passage of an Equal Rights Amendment.
Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party primarily focuses on the development of a more active movement within the campaign for a women’s suffrage amendment. The collection documents mass demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience during the short span of time from the development of the National Woman’s Party to the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the subsequent efforts to obtain an Equal Rights Amendment. The photographic collection documents the efforts of Alice Paul and other prominent women in this pivotal period in American history.
The collection includes several features useful in introducing this phase of the campaign for suffrage: a timeline, three essays on the tactics and leaders of the NWP, and a gallery of photos depicting women who were sent to jail for their activities in support of suffrage. The collection can be searched by keyword and browsed by title and subject.