Langley, WA: 2019. Artist's book, unique, celebrating the Equal Rights Amendment, also called the Alice Paul Amendment, consisting of a book block glued shut to form base for images of suffragists, on front and back covers, images printed on book, another photograph of suffragists displaying ERA banner on spine, signed on the bottom edge by the artist, Sande Wascher-James, and dated in white ink over printed photograph. Housed in a blue cloth over boards lidded box with image of suffragist with suffrage balloon at parade. Book size: 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 x 1/3/4 inches. Inserted in the center of the book block is a small printed card, 2-1/2 x 3 inches with the same text printed on both sides - a brief history of the Equal Rights "Alice Paul" Amendment with was introduced in 1922 as the Lucretia Mott Amendment. It is noted that the ERA was introduced into ever session of Congress between 1923 and 1972, when it was passed and sent to the states for ratification. It has been ratified by 35 states, leaving 3 states short of the 38 needed for ratification. It has been reintroduced into every Congress since that time. The top edge of the book block has six replicas of items associated with the women's struggle to achieve suffrage. There is the gold circular pinback with "Votes for Women" stamped in black, an enlargement of the Alice Paul postage stamp, photograph of 3 suffragists holding banner reading, "No self respecting [sic] woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her" (Susan B. Anthony), a green and white circular pinback "Vote ERA.org", reproduction of photo of standing suffragist holding suffrage balloon, circular image of Alice Paul Suffrage gold coin. The front and back turn-ins are printed with paper background that has ghost images of the same front and back photographs of suffragists as well as others, including the well-known blue and yellow (CUP colors) image of the 1913 Washington DC Woman Suffrage Procession. The rear turn-in has the text (again) of the 1943 ERA as well as two memorable quotations by Ms. Paul: "We shall not be safe until the principal of equal rights is written into the framework of our government" and "Unless women are prepared to fight politically they must be content to be ignored politically." This book object is a piece of sculpture that is meant to be displayed, with endpapers and images and text as placards popping from the top edge, it is also reflects the material culture that was so crucial in persuading the country to pass the Suffrage Amendment and used again in the fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
Alice Paul formed the Congressional Union Party in 1913 so that she might freely pursue aims and tactics the NAWSA eschewed. Paul, who had been inspired by English suffragettes, sought more radical means to move both the public and politicians, as were Lucy Burns (1879-1966) and Inez Milholland (1886-1916), her fellow organizers in the Congressional Union, which later became the National Woman's Party. Item #11450