Library of Congress
February 25, 2013
Paul was an activist who helped lead a successful campaign for women's suffrage that resulted in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, according to the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. As a founder of the National Women's Party, Paul dedicated her life's work to equality for women. Even after passage of the 19th Amendment, she continued her advocacy for women's rights. After winning American women the right to vote, Paul concentrated her efforts on a constitutional amendment that would guarantee women equal rights. First introduced in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment finally passed Congress in 1972, although it failed to win ratification. Paul was a resident of Ridgefield for over three decades.