In Response to Who is your favorite Feminist Icon
How is it that I didn’t know about this part of women’s history? I read about Susan B Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but not this really ugly part. Am I just trippin’ about the historical significance here? I want my daughter to be well versed in women’s history, and she ain’t gonna get that in public school.
I am dying to know how many women actually know about this incident. Pass the word Ladies.
1917: December- Rose Winslow to her husband and to members of the National Women’s Party
The “Silent Sentinels” demanded the vote by picketing the White House (w/ signs saying: “Mr. President How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty”) on a daily basis. This caused a major embarrassment for the Wilson Administration, when hosting foreign diplomats. A total of 17 women were arrested on charges of obstructing traffic. One group of women were sentenced to seven months in prison. After they staged a hunger strike, because they were being treated like criminals instead of political prisoners, “they were brutally forcefed”. They compile a series of letters smuggled out of the hospital, written by Rose.
The compilation of letters describes the prision hospital scene……
- (Rose) vomited continually during the feeding process, and developed a painful irritation in her feeding tube.
- (Rose) is weak and faints easily
- Alice Paul (a member of the Silent Sentinels) is deemed “psychopathic”.
- The prisoners were in solitary confinement for five weeks.
- They got no mail and were considered insubordinate when they refused food not fit to eat.
- Bits of letters were smuggled out of the hospital prison
- Roaches crawl everywhere.