Iron Jawed Angels – Lead, follow or get out of the way

For those who still believe that the right to vote, to education and to a decent job for women are simply realities that they deserve, I recommend a film about the price that our ancestors paid in the recent past. For things that are at our fingertips today – to be able to attend any school you want, to have the dream job, to make the choices you want in your professional and personal life.

Iron Jawed Angels (2004) is an HBO movie starring Hillary Swank, Anjelica Houston, Margo Martindale, Julia Ormond.

The topic is about defiant young activists from the 19th  century who take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

Hillary Swank delivers a sterling performance as suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul during her campaign to secure the 19th-century Constitutional amendment.

It is impressive how little we knew about the courageous devotion of these women and why our history books make insignificant or no mention of their extraordinary struggle for women’s rights.

Every woman of voting age should see this movie about our anonymous heroines, one of the best enlightening films of the decade. Director Katja von Garnier succeeds in delivering an entertaining film about a somewhat arid and very controversial.

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