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Suffragists Protest Outside White House, 1917
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The White House as Symbol and Target

Families of 9/11 victims used the White House as a backdrop to bring attention to their cause. This strategy – used from suffragists to students – begs the question: How do you preserve the dignity of the White House while providing a meaningful space to ask for change?

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Do you have to respect the White House?

One of the many picket lines suffragists organized outside of the White House in 1917.

1917: Suffragists Target the White House

When woman suffrage advocates become the first group to directly target the White House, they provoke jeers, condemnation, confusion and praise.


2014: Securing a Symbol

In this midst of a security scare, students tie themselves to the White House fence to stage an attention-getting protest.

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