of these behaviors. Whether or not they were true or exaggerated, it is a fact that Alice Paul has been overlooked by some historians and has been the subject of criticism by others.
Her life began in 1885 in New Jersey as the daughter of two prominent members of the Quaker community, from which she acquired the values that would remain with her. Gender equality and education for women were integral values of her home and her community.
Indeed, Alice’s education included a degree in Biology from Swarthmore College; a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania; a Law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University; and a PhD in Civil Law from American University. To say she was a formidable and brilliant student would be an understatement.