By Brittany Weiner, undergraduate, State University at Oneonta
Frances Green was born in 1889 in New York City. Her highest level of education was the 8th grade. She worked in a factory and belonged to the union. She married Alexander Green and lived in Brooklyn, New York. His highest level of education was high school and he owned his own business.
Frances was active in the National Woman’s Party-led silent picketing in 1917 of the White House to urge presidential support of a federal suffrage amendment. At the age of twenty-eight she joined the “Silent Sentinel” protest on July 4, 1917. Police arrested Green, National Woman's Party members Dora Kelly Lewis, Lucy Burns, and others for displaying a banner outside the White House that accused President Wilson and the United States of hypocrisy for claiming to fight for democracy when there was not yet democracy at home. The judge first offered to release them on a personal bond if they would agree to stay away from the White House for six months. Actions such as these were controversial, since many believed that they hurt the war effort.
Green was sentenced to pay a twenty-five dollar fine or go to jail for three days. She chose to spend three days in jail along with ten other arrested women; the other three paid the fine. She was charged with disturbing the peace in front of the White House. Green was one of a number of labor union women who participated in the White House picketing in 1917.
“Suffragists sentenced to three days in jail for picketing the white house” https://feminist.org/blog/index.php/2015/07/06/today-in-herstory-suffragists-sentenced-to-three-days-in-jail-for-picketing-the-white-house/. 1940 New York Census, accessed at www.Ancestry.com. “Frances Green” Workhouse Art Center, Lorton Virginia. “Suffragists Go to Jail.” New York Times, 7 July 1917, p. 8.