Suffragists, Grassroots, and Alice Paul Group

The New York Times recently ran an article online about a wealth of new artifacts and letters from the original suffragists that has recently been discovered. Containing correspondence between Susan B. Anthony, Isabella Beecher Hooker and several other notable activists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, these letters are, according to Ann Gordon, a retired professor at Rutgers University and editor of  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers Project, “A stunning collection.” According to the article, Ms. Gordon said it sheds light on a contentious period within the suffrage movement, while underscoring the degree to which the movement was driven by complex networks of on-the-ground activists. “We don’t pay enough attention to what a local movement this was,” Ms. Gordon said. “We’ve warped the story by only knowing the names of the national leaders.”

We think Ms. Gordon is onto something.

We also think that these letters illustrate the power of grassroots - YOUR power as on-the-ground activists and organizations.

Like so many movements today, the suffrage movement was a grassroots movement. The first feminists were grassroots activists. They were effective because they employed out-of-the-box grassroots strategies and tactics, even amidst the sometimes contentious relationships that they had with each other.

There is a lesson for us in this. An important lesson: there is power in concerted grassroots activism. Grassroots activists, when they employ strategies and use the tools available to them, can change history. They can MAKE history.

The suffragists may have worn sashes, written letters and distributed pamphlets, but their strategy was unique for their time and down-right effective. Today we don’t have sashes (I think we should – ha!) and hand-written letters but we have social media and so many technological tools at our service to assist and serve grassroots activism! We can be even more effective and efficient in fighting for our causes, and, through our clients, that is what Alice Paul Group is all about. We are passionate about empowering grassroots (and occasionally, for fun, we might still wear a sash).

Will you join us? You can do two things:

  1. Forward this e-mail to the activists in your life who may be interested in receiving our updates, and/or

  2. Forward this e-mail to a world-changing organization who may need our graphics design, new media, branding, and/or video help. We look at causes, not budgets… so if the cause is just, we will help!

Onward!

Laura Ricketts
March 7th EBlast - New Website and Brand!

We are so excited to share some long-envisioned news with you…

This Women’s History Month we are making a little history of our own! We are pleased to announce the unveiling of our new website, new brand, and new focus!  Alice Paul Group is three years old now and within that time we have served over 60 clients - history makers themselves - with passion, commitment and integrity. Our clients are changing the world and we are so very grateful to be a small part of the work they are doing.

 

We are thrilled with our new look and focus and we want to celebrate with you! So beginning in April and extending through June we are offering a 15% discount to any existing client who refers a new client to us, and a 15% discount for new clients who sign on! 

Making History is hard work! This is why we give 110% to our clients. Like our namesake, Alice Paul, said, “When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.”  Our hands are on the plow and we are committed to giving you the tools and expert advice that you need to make history, transform our culture and make our world a better and brighter place.  

Our new Website, New Brand and refined Focus make us proud, but not nearly as proud as the opportunity we have had to work for you and for our society. We thank you for your continued patronage, support and enthusiasm and we look forward to keeping you up-to-date with regular communication and exciting updates.

Be on the lookout as we will be releasing a ”Tip Thursday” e-mail once a month with tips on how to utilize social media and graphic design to advance your cause. Make sure you are following us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram to get even more helpful tips and information!

Together, we are all making history… We hope that Alice Paul would be proud!

Laura Ricketts