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Fairfax County, Virginia
is the site of possibly the most significant moment in the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States.

In 1917, more than 70 suffragists were imprisoned in the Occoquan Workhouse, then part of the Lorton Prison complex, in retaliation for picketing the Woodrow Wilson White House for the right to vote. The reports of inhumane conditions, beatings and force-feeding at the workhouse electrified the country and became the “turning point” in the struggle for the 19th Amendment. 

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association is working with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) to raise funds to erect a suffragist memorial to commemorate the struggle of these women and educate future generations.

Help us build a memorial to honor these suffragists, and to educate and inspire current and future generations.

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Suffragist of the Month - November 2014

Dora Lewis 

Lewis became involved in the suffrage movement as a wealthy widow from Philadelphia (Cooney, 185). She was one of the earliest supporters of Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party but actually began working for the cause with the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA).  Her first major project with NAWSA was working with Paul to increase the support for a federal women’s suffrage amendment (Cooney, 185). When Paul and Lucy Burns created the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage in 1913 – which later became the National Woman’s Party (NWP) in 1916 -- Lewis was one of the first women to become a member of the organization.

Occoquan Workhouse Historical Marker

This is the historical marker identifying the original site of the Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va. According to The Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, this marker was the first to recognize civil or women's rights. Championed by the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area, it was initially erected in 1982 in celebration of the first national Women's History Week. It now stands at the entrance of the Griffith Water Treatment Plant that occupies the former workhouse site.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial will be located across the street in Occoquan Regional Park.

Learn more about the history of the suffragist movement.

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