Regarding the May 3 front-page article “Protest spotlights indefinite detention”:

Scholar Padraig O’Malley cited the importance of the 1920 hunger strike of Irish nationalist Terence MacSwiney, but for a better and earlier example of the effects of this practice we can look to U.S. suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns in 1917. They, as well as hundreds of other female suffragists, went on hunger strikes after being imprisoned for peacefully protesting in front of the White House, and they garnered national and worldwide attention and sympathy for their cause, resulting in the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

Margie Tompros, Woodbridge