Alice Paul, a leader of the women's suffrage movement who was called the author of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, died Saturday at the Quaker Greenleaf Extension Home in Moorestown, N.J. She was 92.
Dr. Paul, who was educated as a social worker and lawyer, came to Washington in 1912 to take a leadership role in the drive to gain the right of women to vote.
She became a lifelong women's rights activist after meeting British feminist Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst while working at a settlement house in 1907.
During the women's suffrage drive, which resulted in ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, Dr. Paul organized parades and demonstrations, including one in 1917 that resulted in her going to jail.
Dr. Paul founded the National Woman's Party in 1913. The party succeeded in having the ERA introduced in Congress for 49 consecutive years before the measure cleared the House and Senate in 1972.
The proposed amendment to date has been ratified by 35 states, three short of the number needed to become of the Constitution.
Officials of the National Woman's Party, who disclosed the death, said a private funeral service was being planned for Dr. Paul, a native of Moorestown. A nephew is her only survivor.