Friday, September 14, 2007
Alice Paul vs. Carrie Chapman Catt
The film, Iron Jawed Angels, explains the difference in tactics between "The Radicals" (Alice Paul and Lucy Burns) and "The Conservatives" (Carrie Chapman Catt). In the case of women's suffrage, the more "militant" strategy of Alice Paul was the one that produced results. Are radical strategies always better than conservative strategies when trying to make social change? How do you know when it is better to work within the system (Carrie Chapman Catt) or against the system (Alice Paul)? CODEPINK, an activist group lobbying to end the war in Iraq, recently used a tactic that Alice Paul would probably have supported. Do you think it was right for them to protest in this way?