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Iron Jawed, Iron Will,
This review is from: Iron Jawed Angels (DVD)
Has HBO films just been on a roll lately, or what? From making the critically acclaimed and beautifully haunting miniseries "Angels in America", to the late Peter Sellers biopic, they seem to have cornered the market on creative, intellectually powerful films. Case in point: the beautifully haunting and critically acclaimed movie about the women's sufferage movement called "Iron Jawed Angels".
Recounting the desire to give women the right to vote, "Iron Jawed Angels" spans eight years in that divisive, poltically charged movement of people truly desiring equality. Played brilliantly by Hilary Swank, sufferagette Alice Paul becomes the powerhouse behind the movement, taking it from what was a more genteel group of women to one championing civil disobdience. Taking up the cause with her, Lucy Burns, played by Aussie actress Frances O'Connor, the two become an fiercesome force.
One thing that's amazing about this video is how little of a deal it is today that women vote. No one gives it a second thought. But back then, people were rioting over the fact that women wanted a voice in their own government. It makes me wonder how many causes today, when people look back 80 years from now, they will wonder what the big deal was at all.
Little has ever been taught about the price these women have paid in schools, but this video, and the contribution they have made should be taught across this country, period.
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Initial post: May 20, 2008 6:57:33 AM PDT
Kay G. Abernethy says:
You are so right. I have a BA in English and I was NEVER told about what these women had to endure. This movie was the first time I found out about it and others I have talked to don't know either. Why isn't this more common knowledge? Why isn't it taught? I had a lot of American history classes too and this wasn't even mentioned. It really made me ashamed of our government too. This movie should be mandatory viewing for every woman in the US. Heck, it should be mandatory viewing for every US citizen but especially women that don't vote!!
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