Suffragists Picketing the White House
Original Author: Harris & Ewing, photographer
Created: 1917
Medium: Photographic print

Suffragists Picketing the White House

In a photograph taken in 1917, woman suffragists picket the White House to urge President Woodrow Wilson to support a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. A rotating group of peaceful protesters known as "silent sentinels" stood at the White House over the course of many months; eventually, many were arrested and sentenced to time in jail for the crime of "obstructing traffic."