Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz will attend the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee’s “A Celebration of Alice Paul” event in Ridgefield on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event, billed as “a special tea recognizing women and democracy in honor of Alice Paul,” will be held in the Ridgefield home in which Alice Paul resided from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Alice Paul was an American suffragist, feminist, women's rights activist, and main leader and strategist of the campaign for the 19th Amendment (ratified in 1920) that secured the right to vote for women. In 1921, Paul co-authored the Equal Rights Amendment (still pending ratification) and campaigned for its passage for the next half century (until her death in 1977). She played a major role in adding protections for women in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.