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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

“Prisoner of Freedom.” Silver metal pin.. Replica, ca. 2004. On loan from Janice E. Ruth (111.00.00)

“Prisoner of Freedom” Pin

The arrests and civil disobedience of the suffragists, combined with the retaliatory force-feedings, shocked the nation and brought unfavorable attention to the Wilson administration, which suddenly capitulated and ordered the release of all suffrage prisoners in late November 1917. A celebration was quickly planned for December 6 in Washington, at which each “prisoner of freedom” was honored and presented a silver “Jailed for Freedom” pin in the shape of a cell door, fashioned after a similar pin presented to imprisoned British suffragettes.