Alice had an unusual ability to encourage people to work very hard or to try something they had never done before for the sake of the cause. She worked so hard herself that the people who worked for her rarely complained. Alice was a very organized person who understood what was needed to get a job done and how many people would be needed to finish it.
Alice and her loyal followers formed a new
, the National Woman’s Party, with one
– votes for women! The Woman’s Party had its
across the street from the White House where they hung purple, gold, and white banners out the windows so the President and any passers-by could see them.
In 1917 the National Woman’s Party tried a new
to get attention to suffrage. They
in front of the White House, holding colored banners or picket signs with messages on them. They were called the “silent sentinels” because they stood like guards at the White House gates and because Alice told them to stay silent and to not argue with anyone who might criticize what they were doing. Everyone who came to visit the President at the White House saw the pickets and their messages. Many people criticized the women, because they didn’t believe women should vote, but many others supported the National Woman’s Party and the “silent sentinels.” After six months, police began arresting the women for blocking traffic. Almost 200 women, including Alice Paul, spent the summer and fall of 1917 in jail.