The 100th-anniversary special edition of Jailed for Freedom, the essential history and first-person account of the courageous and militant suffragists who fought for their right to vote.
First published in 1920, Jailed for Freedom is the courageous, true story of the militant suffragists who organized some of the first-ever, large scale demonstrations and protests on Washington. At a time when President Woodrow Wilson’s administration refused to acknowledge women’s voting rights as a tangible issue, the National Woman’s Party coalesced, organized, and fought a fierce battle for the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment with heroism, bravery, and radical vigilance.
What makes Jailed for Freedom especially compelling and such an important contribution to women’s history is that it is a personal testimony from a suffragist who persevered through it. With depth and clarity, Doris Stevens details the bravery of the women who picketed daily outside the White House, opened themselves up to ridicule and physical violence, were arrested on no viable charges, jailed when they chose not to pay fines, and even beaten and force-fed when they went on hunger strikes.
Including a new introduction from suffrage historian Angela P. Dodson, author of Remember the Ladies, and accompanied with poignant, archival illustrations, Jailed for Freedom is a tribute to the women and acts it took the pass the Nineteenth Amendment, apropos of radical activism that is still mobilizing in politics today.
Doris Stevens was an American suffragist, woman’s legal rights advocate, and author. Born in 1888, she was the national strategist for the National Woman’s Party and was also the first female member of the American Institute of International Law and first chair of the Inter-American Commission of Women.
Angela P. Dodson is an editor, writer, and consultant. She was most recently a contributing editor for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and has served as senior editor for the New York Times and executive editor of Black Issues Book Review. She is also the author of Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought For Freedom at the Ballot Box. Angela lives in Trenton, New Jersey.