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Penn[sylvania] on the picket line-- 1917.

[Detail] Penn[sylvania] on the picket line-- 1917

Writing a Biographical Sketch

A biographical sketch is a brief account of a person’s life; not as detailed or lengthy as a biography, a biographical sketch may highlight a few aspects of a person’s life that are especially telling. Like a good biography, a good biographical sketch makes the subject come to life, allowing the reader to see the subject as a three-dimensional character. Profiles of several leaders of the National Woman’s Party are provided in an essay accompanying the Women of Protest collection.

Conduct research and write a biographical sketch of Alice Paul, emphasizing her efforts to secure passage of the 19th Amendment and assessing her leadership qualities. Search the collection for photographs to include with the biographical sketch.

  • What traits of Paul’s character do you consider most notable?
  • How important were Paul’s contributions to the achievement of woman suffrage?