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Monday, November 14, 2022

On this date in 1917, suffragists were beaten and tortured at the Occoquan Workhouse, a prison in Virginia, in what is known as the “Night of Terror”

  • On the evening of Nov. 14, the superintendent ordered his guards to brutally assault imprisoned suffragists. This “Night of Terror” galvanized support for the women’s suffrage movement at a critical moment. The tortured prisoners included activists Dorothy Day and Lucy Burns. Some were left for dead after the beatings. They had been arrested for peacefully picketing for universal suffrage in front of the White House
  • Women Vote - "Night of Terror" (Women`s Suffrage/Woman`s Rights) video