Alice Paul Sewing a Suffrage Flag

ca. 1912 - 1920

Here, suffragist Alice Paul evokes the memory of Revolutionary flag makers, such as Betsy Ross, as she sews a National Woman’s Party (NWP) suffrage flag. 

Alice Paul was a New Jersey Quaker and suffragist. She formed the NWP in 1913, a more militant organization of the suffrage movement. Photographs like this one, portraying Paul as a kind of “revolutionary mother,” may have helped counteract criticisms of Paul and the NWP as being too radical or unpatriotic.

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., [LC-F82-1234]