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Voting rights for women were once unimaginable but are now taken for granted, at least in the United States. Pioneering feminist Alice Paul, who founded the National Woman’s Party in 1913, played a key role in making women’s suffrage a reality. The NWP’s marches and demonstrations were shockingly radical—and unladylike—for the times: It was the first group to picket the White House, and members were frequently arrested and imprisoned for their protests, sometimes cruelly force-fed to break their hunger strikes. Although Paul lived to see the 19th Amendment passed, granting women the right to vote, the Equal Rights Amendment she drafted still has not been ratified. The NWP celebrates Paul’s birthday at its headquarters—Paul’s home for more than 40 years—with theatrical depictions of Paul and early NWP patron Alva Vanderbilt Belmont by actresses Patricia Sowers and Bonnie Fairbanks at 6 p.m. at the Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Free. For reservations call (202) 546-1210. (Dawn L. Hannaham)