On January 11 Google formally honored the woman suffrage movement with its opening graphic for all the world to see – a delightful illustration honoring the 131st anniversary of the birth of Alice Paul.
Alice Paul was a passionate and outspoken leader in the women suffrage movement in the United States, and was responsible for organizing the picketing of the White House in 1917, which ultimately helped bring victory. As stated in their wonderful book, Alice Paul: Claiming Power, authors J.D. Zahniser and Amelia R. Fry remind us that she “redirected the course of political history.” And the slogan, “Deeds Not Words” was a phrase used by the British suffragette movement led by Emmeline Pankhurst, so the graphic effectively links the movement in two nations.
How wonderful to think that with one click thousands of Google users were reminded of women’s struggle for political equality, both here and in other countries.
Thank you, Google! Keep up the good work!