The Silent Sentinels

History Imagined

With a new Presidential campaign season starting up, and folks tossing hats in the ring left and right, it seemed timely to examine a woman’s right to vote. Many of my novels contain feminists, some well known such as Amelia Bloomer, some more obscure, like Frances Wright. In the course of my journeys, I came across a group of women activists I ‘d never heard of before–The Silent Sentinels. This group was organized by Alice Paul and the National Women’s Party in 440px-Suffragette_banner_carried_in_picket_of_the_White_Housethe 1900s. This group of ladies donned sashes of purple, gold and and white–the colors of the National Women’s–and protested six days a week in front of the White House from January 1917 until June 1919. They protested silently, using banners to get their message out. Yet despite their silence, they were harassed, mistreated and arrested.

What these women wanted was equality, which began with the right to…

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About NevaBrown

Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; nevabrown-author@weebly.com . Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at joneva@suddenlink.net
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