A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that urges the United States Congress to recognize women’s rights hero, and New Jersey native, Alice Paul, passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.
“Alice Paul is a national hero and someone whom I’ve always admired,” Senator Allen said. “She fought tirelessly her entire life to secure equal rights for women. Her legacy is something we treasure here in New Jersey, and I hope Congress sees that it is something worth honoring.”
The resolution, SCR-95, urges Congress to posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to Paul in recognition of her role in the women’s suffrage movement and in advancing equal rights for women.
Paul was born in 1885 in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and became a leader in the women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s. Through her decades of activism, she picketed the White House and the U.S. Capitol, in an effort to help win suffrage for women and was a key player in the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920. Once women won the right to vote, Paul continued to work for women to achieve equality in every part of their lives. In 1923 she authored an Amendment that would later be named the “Equal Rights Amendment”, which sadly, still has yet to be ratified.
Paul continued to be a vocal leader in the women’s equality movement until her death in 1977. Her legacy lives on at her family’s home in the 7th Legislative District, in Mount Laurel, which now serves as the headquarters for the Alice Paul Institute, a not-for-profit organization that works to fulfill her lifelong dream of equality for women with special emphasis on developing future female leaders.
“Alice Paul is one of the most accomplished residents in the history of New Jersey, man or woman,” Senator Allen said. “Being able to say she’s from my state, and the district I am privileged to represent, is a huge source of personal pride, and I know there are many more who feel the same. Her leadership and courage continue to be a driving force in the women’s rights movement in this state and beyond.”