“Iron Jawed Angels” film showing at library
Feb 24, 2009
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
|Where||in the Mezzanine|
|Contact Name||Kristin Torresdal|
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The League of Women Voters of Upper Iowa and Decorah Public Library are jointly hosting a free public screening of the film “Iron Jawed Angels” Tuesday February 24, 7 p.m., in the library’s 2nd floor Mezzanine Gallery. The two hour film is unrated.
“Iron Jawed Angels” recounts for a contemporary audience a key chapter in U.S. history: the struggle of suffragists who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. Focusing on two defiant women, Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor), the film shows how these activists broke from the mainstream women's-rights movement and created a more radical wing, daring to push the boundaries of political protest to secure women's voting rights in 1920. Breathing life into the relationships between Paul, Burns and others, the movie makes the women feel like complete characters instead of one-dimensional figures from a distant past.
Although the main characters have different personalities and backgrounds - Alice is a Quaker and Lucy an Irish Brooklynite - they are united in their fierce devotion to women's suffrage. In a country dominated by chauvinism, this is no easy fight, as the women and their volunteers clash with older, conservative activists, particularly Carrie Chapman Catt (Angelica Huston). They also battle public opinion in a tumultuous time of war, not to mention the most powerful men in the country, including President Woodrow Wilson (Bob Gunton).
February 14 marks the national League of Women Voters’ 89th birthday. The League was formally organized on February 14, 1920, six months before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. As the organization’s website explains, “From the spirit of the suffrage movement and the shock of the First World War came a great idea- that a nonpartisan civic organization could provide the education and experience the public needed to assure the success of democracy. The League of Women Voters was founded on that idea.”
For more information about the League of Women Voters of the United States, visit www.lwv.org. Contact Kristin at Decorah Public Library for more information about library programming, 563-382-3717. Suggestions for upcoming programs are welcome.