On one Sunday in February 1917—normally a day off from Silent Sentinel duty—a group of pickets featured wage earning women. They worked Monday through Saturday; their day off —Sunday—was the only available day to picket at the White House gates for the right to vote.
In 1917, women picketed nearly daily at the White House for an amendment to give women the right to vote. In summer, arrests began. Women came to DC from all over the country. On November 10, a total of 41 women bore banners asking the President why they were being deprived of the right to vote. All 41 were arrested.
Two votes needed to pass the amendment in the Senate. Alas, it’s stalled. Time for more pressure on the President. In this demonstration, Suffragists “culture jam” a celebration of Lafayette, the Frenchman who helped in the American War of Independence.
In 1918, after the House voted to pass the Woman's Suffrage Amendment, a Senate vote defeated it. Brave women demonstrated against senators whose vote denied women their basic right to participate in democracy. In October 1918, police arrested women outside the Senate Office Building in Washington DC.