6 Alice Paul Quotes to Celebrate Her Google Doodle on Her 131st Birthday

Monday's Google Doodle celebrated the 131st birthday of women's right activist Alice Paul, who was born Jan. 11, 1885. Paul, holding sign that says her activist motto — "Deeds not words" — is depicted in the doodle of a rainy backdrop and other women who hold a sign that says, "Votes for women."

As founder of the radical National Woman's Party, Paul was a direct influence on the suffrage movement, which resulted in women winning the right to vote, according to the Museum of American History. As a student of sociology and law, Paul and her fellow activists picketed the White House and went on hunger strikes until arrested. 

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Even after the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, was ratified in 1920, Paul fought for even more secured equality by drafting the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923. The ERA would ensure fair jurisdiction for both men and women. It entered Congress every year until 1972, but not enough states ever ratified it. 

After a life dedicated to social justice, Paul died in 1977 at the age of 92. To remember her and her fight for women's rights, here are six inspirational quotes from her:

1. "I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality."

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3. "There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it."

4. "I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end."

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6. "This world crisis came about without women having anything to do with it. If the women of the world had not been excluded from world affairs, things today might have been different."

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Kathleen Wong

Kathleen is a branded content staff writer at Mic. She is based in New York and can be reached at kathleen@mic.com.

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