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Lucy Burns in Occoquan Workhouse, 1917

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Lucy Burns, a leader in the National Women's Party, in Occoquan Workhouse, Washington, 1917. More than 30 suffragists were arrested while picketing outside the White House for the right to vote on Nov. 13, 1917. The next day, Lucy Stone and 32 suffragists, were clubbed, beaten and tortured by the guards. In what's been descried as the "Night of Terror," the women were chained and beaten, some by having their heads smashed into iron bed frames, and one woman, a 74-year old suffragette, was stabbed with part of her broken picketing banner. Lucy Burns was left with her arms handcuffed to a bar above her head overnight, only to be stripped and left in a freezing cell the following day As word of their suffering spread, more and more men AND women joined the cause, eventually leading to the 19th Amendment being passed in 1919, officially granting women the right to vote.

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Keywords 19th Amendment, hunger strikes, National Women's Party, suffrage, Suffragist, votes for women, Women's right to vote
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