Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #229
… As the men of the Florida Panhandle arrange strange combinations of meat and condiment on their day-old bread, reality has set in…
Just what was this riot that Alice Paul stands accused of sanctioning?
After the threat of the influenza had run its course, removing the stigma of human contact, especially public gatherings, Alice and her staunchest supporters began touring state capitols, hoping to influence legislators, the makers of law that would bring the rights of women up to snuff.
On a cool late winter day, one where if you are going to listen to a speech at an outdoor venue, you must really want to hear what is going to be said and hundreds do; dresses blowing in the northerly breezes, gloved hands clapping with every “sisters for equality” reference. There are a lot of households in Tallahassee that will be going without Saturday evening dinner and hundreds of men who are outraged at the audacity of their women. But this event had been touted for several weeks, so it is likely that these men thought the women’s movement, this National Woman’s Party, was just a lot of hot air, not about to amount to anything.
“Where is our dignity, ladies? Are we doomed to be chained to the kitchen stove forever, only to have our hands go raw from dishwater or the never ending laundry? And then watch our men leave the house to go out and vote, only to come home half liquored up, ordering us around like servants.
“It is time——–no past time for the women of America to have equal rights!” Alice Paul is hardly a striking figure, somewhat ordinary, with a dark hair and complexion, dark eyes focused on her goal. But there is no denying her effectiveness as a speaker, able to arouse the sleeping spirit of the female gender, causing them to admit infuriation for the first time. “Let’s take our cause to the steps of Florida’s state legislature! It is time that the “good old boys club” learns that one half of their constituency is oppressed, but not powerless!”