First Wave of Feminism- Ida B. Wells & Alice Paul

The first wave of feminism was a period (the first major period) of feminist thought and activism in the 19th century to the early 20th century, the primary goal of this first wave was gaining legal rights, specifically on woman’s suffrage. Two of the leading suffragists who were a part of this movement were Ida B. Wells, Lucy Burns, and Alice Paul. Ida B. Wells was an African American was a feminist, suffragist, and early leader of the Civil Rights movement. She also helped establish many notable women’s organizations. Alice Paul was an American suffragist and woman’s rights activist. She was one of the main strategists for the 19th Amendment, and helped strategize events such as the Silent Sentinels. Paul spent a half century as the leader of the Woman’s National Party.

Alice Paul celebrating the ratificaiton of the 19th Amendment