Saturday March 28 starting 7pm, in honor of Women's History Month, we will be hosting a FREE screening of "Iron Jawed Angels" at Norman Township Hall, 1273 S. Seaman Rd. Wellston MI 49689.
On a steamy hot August 18, in 1920, one man, with a single vote, changed history.
On that day, 24 year-old Harry Burn, at the insistence of his elderly mother who urged him to "do the right thing", stood up in the Tennessee legislature and cast the deciding vote which ratified the 19th. Amendment to the US Constitution and gave women the right to vote.
Fast forward 89 years and on March 28, 2009, 7 pm League of Women Voters Manistee County will show HBO Film’s, “Iron Jawed Angels” starring Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Angelica Huston and Patrick Dempsey.
“Iron Jawed Angels” is the dramatic HBO film depicting the hard fought battle to give women the right to vote. Produced in 2004, it received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival. Alice Paul (Hilary Swank), Lucy Burns (FrancesO'Connor) and Carrie Chapman Catt (Angelica Houston) and other key figures, both male and female, revolutionized political activism to overcome powerful anti-suffrage lobbyists. In the process many were beaten, abused, jailed and force fed - a story that needs to be told and,
more importantly, remembered.
Because there are brief scenes which depict historically accurate violence against women, parents should exercise good judgement in deciding if their child should see this film.
You can check out the HBO film web site at: http://www.hbo.com/films/ironjawedangels/