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' Iron Jawed Angels'
Showing at Bay City State Theatre October 21, 2008

This Movie Will Change Your Mind About Staying Home on Election Day.

October 8, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Mike Bacigalupo - State Theatre

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Hilary Swank portrays Alice Paul
in the movie Iron Jawed Angels
 

Anyone who thinks about staying home on Election Day may want to watch Alice Paul, played by Hillary Swank, force fed to end her hunger strike . . .

. . . In the showing of 'Iron Jawed Angels' at the Bay City State Theatre on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 7:00 PM

This is just the incentive men and women alike can appreciate to use our right to vote in this election year.

Show sponsors include AAUW, NAACP, YWCA, & League of Women Voters.

IRON JAWED ANGELS recounts for a contemporary audience a key chapter in U.S. history: in this case, the struggle of suffragists who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Focusing on the 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 protagonists 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). Along the way, sacrifices are made: Alice gives up a chance for love, and colleague Inez Mulholland (Julia Ormond) gives up her life.

The women are thrown in jail, with an ensuing hunger strike making headline news. The women's resistance to being force-fed earns them the nickname "The Iron Jawed Angels." However, it is truly their wills that are made of iron, and their courage inspires a nation and changes it forever.

Opinions against women's right to vote led to:

  • Picket lines
  • Arrests
  • Political imprisonment
  • Hunger Strikes
  • Mob attacks against women's demonstrations


  • For more information, contact Glenda Vandemark at 989-684-4593 or email, glendav@chartermi.net

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    Mike Bacigalupo - State Theatre

    Mike Bacigalupo is the Executive Director of the State Theater in Downtown Bay City, Michigan

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