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Alice Paul was born on January 111885 in Moorestown New Jersey Her father who died when Alice was sixteen was a businessman banker and property owner The Pauls lived in the small Quaker community of Moorestown One of the beliefs of the Quakers was equality of the sexes As a young girl Alice attended the Quaker suffrage meetings with her mother Alice Pauls father left them enough money so she could attend the exclusive Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania She graduated in 1905 as a biology major but after discovering politics in her senior year she went on to attend the New York School of Philanthropy She majored in sociology and spent all of her spare time working for the woman suffrage in New York In 1907 Paul earned a masters degree in sociolgy She went to England to continue her work toward her doctorate degree She was begin- ning to realize that she couldnt change the situation by social work alone but needed to change the actual laws Women had no voice in either England or America to change any law The suffrage movement was different in England than in the States British suffragists had begun wild women protests in 1905 They would sneak into male political meetings and disrupt the meetings by shouting questions wave banners and be arrested As Alice Paul became more involved with the Womens Social and Political Union she was warned of possible imprisonment This threat did not prevent her from sneaking into political events She was arrested ten times in England three of which ended in prison time While in prison she continued to protest the governments refusal to let women vote or speak publicly
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