White House Sketches
Suffragists Attacked by a Mob for Their Voting Rights Protest at the White House
June 20, 1917
Suffragists protesting outside the White House gates during the arrival of Russian diplomats were beset by a mob that tore their banners to shreds. No one was harmed but the unrest created a stir overshadowing the historic visit of the Russian mission during World War I.
The National Woman’s Party established its headquarters on Jackson Place at Lafayette Park in 1916 and staged a series of pickets in front of the White House. President Woodrow Wilson could not escape their calls for voting rights. As a result of the suffragists’ endurance, women in the United States were finally granted the vote in 1920.