Biography: Burns was a graduate student in linguistics from Vassar College, after this she did graduate work at Yale and Oxford, among other universities.
It was during her time in England that she became interested in the suffragist movement, after which she dedicated herself body and mind to the struggle to secure the vote for women— enduring several arrests and hunger strikes while in prison.
Upon returning to America, she began the struggle at home alongside Alice Paul. Together they pushed for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing woman the right to vote. She was instrumental in first forming the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage; then in 1916, the National Woman's Party.
When on August the 26th, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, giving precisely what she and Alice Paul had so long fought for, Burns quietly left the public sphere and returned to Brooklyn.
- 1913-03-03 Woman suffrage procession through Washington, D.C. organized by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and led by Inez Milholland. Ida B. Wells marched with her Illinois delegation despite blacks being told to march in a separate section.