About this project
To introduce you to Miss Alice Paul, the 1st American to use Nonviolent Direct Action, organize women in public militant demonstrations and march directly to the White House for Equality.
To lift Alice Paul from erasure & obscurity to a nationally recognized figure, cultural and political icon for nonviolent direct action, constitutional equality, lifelong activism (to age 92) and inspiration for women and girls to answer the call to social justice.
This Kickstarter Project serves as the seed money to launch a nationwide, culturally illumined, campaign to build awareness of the infinite relevance of militant activist, Alice Paul. Working with the brilliant change-maker, Yosi Sergant and TaskForce, producer of Manifest Hope, Manifest Love and, most recently, Manifest Justice; we are committed to expanding the impact and lasting inspiration of Alice Paul, through the arts and cultural tools of the 21st Century.
(BTW the seed money goal was chosen as Miss Paul lived to be 92. Once launched we will be soliciting both self-sustaining funding and sponsorship)
• Establish Alice Paul’s rightful place in the international pantheon of Nonviolent Direct Action, social justice activists.
• Tell her true story which will inspire generations for all time
• Expand her presence from history shelves to prominence on social justice tactics and tools
• Iconic modern graphics of Alice Paul by renown artists
• Book which presents the tactics and methods used by Miss Paul with 21st Century applications (5 chapters are posted now)
• Robust website with a digital repository of information about her genius which is free and accessible to all - http://www.missalicepaul.com
• Produce an authentic documentary about her activism
• Produce Women’s Activist Series (print, video, story-telling & art)
Announcing New Book
Alice Paul, The Heart of an Activist
The digital environment provides a dynamic, expandable and sustainable format. An online presentation offers new insights, new interpretations and applications of NVDA relevant to today’s events.
Harriet Beecher Stowe to Charles Dickens, delivered their wok in serial format. It was the norm as ink, paper and printing were prohibitive. Today the same issues apply for environmental reasons. Secondly, there is a growing take-over of the printed word by corporations and media moguls. We can only imagine how many brilliant writers and thinkers are forced into obscurity because of narrowly defined publishing practices. Rather than spending years writing a traditional book, something that may never reach beyond my desk, I have chosen to share as I write – to deliver chapters as time unfolds with current and pertinent application for activists.
About Author Zoe Nicholson
I am an activist, speaker and writer. I am called to write about Alice Paul, her activism and application to modern American social justice. Proudly I have been regarded an Independent Scholar by several academics I admire. While I respect my depth and research, I am not attempting to restore a historical figure or write a flawless biography. I am specifically and deliberately hoping to cast a bright light on Miss Alice Paul’s great strategic mind, a dazzling influencer with the violet eyes and irresistible to all she enlisted (even the housekeeper lobbied for the ERA).
I believe Americans deserve and need to know that Alice Paul brought non-violent direct action to the U.S. When I speak about her, I am met with astonishment that they do not know anything beyond a single sentence in a history book or a mention during Women’s History Month. Every day Americans turn to study the tactics of Gandhi when we could be listening to our very own Alice Paul. From Tar Sands to Charleston, from Reproductive Justice to Immigration, there is no doubt that understanding and interpreting the methods and heart of Miss Alice Paul would raise the conversation and inspire women and girls, men and boys, all those who seek to create change through peaceful non-violent direct action.
I can state unequivocally and with complete candor that Zoe is perhaps the most prolific and productive teacher, researcher, and writer of women’s history I have known in my 40 years as a college Women’s Studies professor and director. Her methods are traditional and exhaustive in that she reads everything extant on her subject as she has on Alice Paul.
Zoe’s on line chapters on Alice Paul are written passionately and personally, and they are based on thorough reading and research. More importantly, they reach people who will never pick up an academic monograph. It has long been her special calling and mission to reach, teach, introduce and guide young women through the history of the women’s equality movement and of direct action as practiced by Paul, Gandhi, King and others. Like Anthony and Stanton “she accepts every invitation to speak” in order to teach our history and to promote the tactic of nonviolent direct action.
Women’s Studies Professor & Director Mary Lee Sargent
MY OBSESSION, PASSION COMMITMENT
I found myself emulating Miss Paul before I really knew much about her. In 1980+, shortly after Miss Paul died, I became involved in radical activism around the Equal Rights Amendment. Once the parallel was drawn I started reading the sparse, readily available information about her. I began speaking about her, Divine Discontent and Mindful Activism. In 2012, I was asked by Purdue to speak on Alice Paul to launch the Centennial of the Suffrage March to the White House.
Thus began my longest deepest adventure in immersion reading, (I had spent several years on Gandhi and on Mary Magdalene). In fact, shortly, reading was not enough. I began interviewing women who knew and/or worked for Miss Paul. I began collecting a worthy library on Miss Paul and the Militant Suffrage Movement. A patient historian taught me to love footnotes and research.
Along the way, while swooning about her and growing in irritation about her minimal inclusion in women’s history, I found several citations that Miss Paul had been deliberately written out of women’s history by moderate leaders, who were (and always are) the majority. Militancy breaks convention , moderates work to sustain it. Social justice work requires both and Alice Paul serves as a piercing example.
Today I am left with an electrifying inspiration and overwhelming desire to share the news. Miss Alice Paul is our own national mentor in non-violent direct action. Raised as a Hicksite Quaker, this college student traveled to England and had a prophetic encounter with the Pankhurst Family. More than one scholar has speculated that Alice might have been sitting in Royal Albert Hall listening to Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst at the same time as a young Indian student, Mohandas Gandhi. Each of these brilliant change-makers went on to write that they left the British movement with the introduction of violent tactics. Each returned to their lives ignited with tools for change and a commitment for non-violence. Zoe Nicholson
MISS ALICE PAUL Highlights:
Born in New Jersey, 1885, Quaker Alice Paul spent 1910 – 1977 working to advance women around the world.
She is the first American to:
• Practice Nonviolent Direct Action
• Organize a March on the White House -10,00 marched 1913
• Form the National Woman’s Party and World Woman’s Party
• Organize a protest at the White House Gates in which women stood 6 days a week for 17 months no matter the weather
After the signing of the 19th Amendment 08/26/20 some of her accomplishments include:
• Earning 3 law degrees
• Moved to Geneva to work in the League of Nations
• Hid Jews in her Swiss Villa
• 600 pieces of USA legislation
• Writing the Equal Rights Amendment which has yet to pass
• Assisting Japanese women to be included Japan’s Constitution
• Passage of the treaty for American women to keep their citizenship after marrying a foreign national.
Risks and challenges
Well on the way with 5 chapters written and posted, The Alice Paul Headquarters is growing. More graphics are being commissioned and products created. The website, http://www.missalicepaul.com already surpasses anything we have found. It has the most robust bibliography available online.
Of course this is a life's passion and, as such, completion is not the goal but, rather, expansion and fresh information. We are inspired and committed. It will continue always.
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