However, as the US sought to define its role as a defender of democracy and sovereign of equal rights, women advocated the notion that they had to be treated equally as well, gender roles must be challenged and stereotypes dismissed . Political opposition was strong, especially within regards to women meeting openly to discuss such difficult issues. For example, Alice Paul redefined the role of women by staging a crowd of 5,000 women in Washington DC in 1913 (Adams, 46). In doing so, Paul fought against Washington, society and even Woodrow Wilson, a president known for his dismissal of equal rights legislation. Nonetheless, women like Paul persevered in defining the role of women as being entitled to the same rights as men. With groups such as the League of Women Voters and others, women showed that they could organize at mass scale in order to get the attention of policymakers.