Occoquan Workhouse (Pauline Adams)
In 1917 the court offered woman suffragists who picketed in front of the White House an option: pay a fine or go to prison. Most chose prison. The authorities sent protestors like Pauline Adams to the Women’s Workhouse. Beaten by guards and held in appalling conditions, the activists’ plight generated public sympathy for their cause. The 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was ratified in 1920, but the Virginia General Assembly did not ratify the amendment until 1952.
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