by Emily Sohn, Illustrated by Eduardo Garcia
On the morning of January 10, 1917, thirteen determined women stood at the gates of the White House and held banners reading "HOW LONG MUST WOMEN WAIT FOR LIBERTY?" They were there to force President Woodrow Wilson to take notice of their demand for the right to vote. It was the first day of weeks of picketing, which would stop only when the women were arrested and jailed. Despite criticism from the public and mistreatment by public officials, the suffragists were determined to gain the right to vote. Their resilience and dedication fueled a movement that brought progress to the lives of women.