I'm a New York-based writer, editor and multimedia journalist. I write on gender, culture, teens & trends for the New York Times, The Atlantic, Cosmo & Time, where I'm a contributing columnist. I'm also a contributing editor for Sheryl Sandberg's women's org, Lean In. Past Lives: Executive Editor of TUMBLR, Senior Editor at NEWSWEEK.
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It was on this day in 1920 that women were granted suffrage, but it’s worth noting that it was three years prior that members of the National Women’s Party — Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and others — picketed outside the White House, burning copies of Woodrow Wilson’s speeches and demanding the right to vote. What resulted — mass arrests (most for “obstructing traffic”), unlawful imprisonment and bloody beatings — became known as the Night of Terror, though it’s fair to say most among my generation don’t know it.
The Night of Terror took place on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Workhouse Prison, in Occoquan, Virginia, ordered his guards to teach the suffragists a lesson. For weeks, the women’s only water had come from an open pail. Their food had been infested with worms. But on this night, some 40 prison guards wielding clubs beat the women senseless — grabbing, dragging, choking, kicking and pinching them, according to affidavits recounting the attacks.
Fifty years ago today, on June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, requiring men and women be paid equally for equal work. Argue the statistics whichever way you want, but the pay gap persists. White women earn, on average, 77 cents to the white male dollar. Black woman earn 69 cents, and Latina women earn 57 cents. (Infographic by the lovely Emily Nemens for LeanIn.Org.)