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They (members of the Congressional Union for Women Suffrage) found that the police while constantly arresting them for minute technical offences, would not interfere when they were assaulted by hooligans, and later on led Government-organised crowds of uniformed soldiers and sailors against them. They went to prison and, in an interesting penal institution called the Occoguan workhouse, were fed on worm-crawling food and exposed in insanitary conditions and when they denounced this state of affairs, not only on their own account but (as has always been the gentlemanly suffragist way), on behalf of the ordinary offenders, the administration called to mind a penitentiary in a swamp, which had been declared unfit for human habitation nine years before, and put them there. All this they endured and thereby, without any doubt at all, acquired the vote. With extraordinary naivety the United States Government failed to cover up its tracks and left it patent that it gave women the franchise not because of any consideration of justice, but because they were a nuisance. There was no such magnificent exhibition of the art of climbing down in the grand manner (with classical quotation from Mr. Asquith) as our Parliamentary debate on the passing of the Act. A crude, new country America; but no doubt it will learn.

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At night, in the early morning, all through the day there were cries and shrieks and moans from the patients. It was terrifying. One particularly melancholy moan used to keep up hour after hour with the regularity of a heartbeat. I said to myself, "Now I have to endure this. I have got to live through this somehow. I pretend these moans are the noise of an elevated train, beginning faintly in the distance and getting louder as it comes nearer." Such childish devices were helpful to me.

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Women’s rights in America

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Women in America have had to fight hard battles for rights that their male counterparts have taken for granted.
Despite these pivotal legislations however, politicians have used women’s rights issues as political fodder.
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WayBack . Stand Up For Your Rights . Features/Women and the Vote | PBS KIDS GO!

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Vocabulary

1. Extraordinary- Very unusual or remarkable Young children need extraordinary amounts of attention.

2. Melancholy- A feeling of pensive sadness At the center of his music lies a profound melancholy and nostalgia.

3. Counterparts- A person or thing holding a position or performing a function that corresponds to that of another person or thing in another place The minister held talks with his French counterpart.

4. Controversial- giving rise or likely to give rise to public disagreement Years of wrangling over a controversial bypass.

5. Terrifying- cause to feel extreme fear She was terrified he would drop her.

6. Patients- able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious Be patient, your time will come.

7. Patriarchal- characteristic of a system of society or government controlled by men Patriarchal values.

8. Concentrates- focus one's attention or mental effort on a particular object or activity She couldn't concentrate on the movie.

9. Suffragists- a person advocating the extension of suffrage to women. The suffragists' signs became more pointed.

10. Achievements- a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill To reach this stage is a great achievement.

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President Wilson and Envoy Root are deceiving Russia. They say "We are a democracy. Help us to win the war so that democracies may survive." We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million women are denied the right to vote. President Wilson is the chief opponent of their national enfranchisement. Help us make this nation really free. Tell our government that it must liberate its people before it can claim free Russia as an ally.

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Rape, abortion and the fight for women's rights in Turkey

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Elif Shafak: A controversial rape case has shown how in this patriarchal country it is always women who pay the price...
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