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When women picketed for the right to vote in front of the White House more than 80 years ago, the ones who left in paddy wagons were usually members of the National Woman’s Party, the militant arm of the suffrage movement. Party founder Alice Paul led thousands of marchers down Pennsylvania Avenueonly to be bloodied by hecklers while policemen watched. When Paul went to jail and refused to eat, she and her cohorts were force-fed through tubes stuck down their noses. But the NWP had a genteel side as well: Party benefactor Alva Belmont, for example, hosted “Votes for Women” teas at her Chinese Teahouse in Newport, R.I. “Tea historian” Grace Miller will discuss the historic contributions made by Belmont and other women while serving and drinking tea and the “mystique” woven into this most benign of activities at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. $20. For reservations call (202) 546-1210. (Amanda Ripley)