Monday, January 11, 2010

iron jawed angels

When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.
Alice Paul (11 january 1885 -1977) women's rights activist

today is the anniversary of the birth of the indefatigable alice paul. in 2004, director katja von garnier directed a docudrama entitled iron jawed angels; the film focused primarily on the lives of alice paul, her close friend lucy burns and other women's rights activists as they forged the modern feminist movement and worked to secure women the right to vote in the united states. it is a powerful film, if you haven't seen it check it out. hilary swank leads an excellent cast as she convincingly inhabits the role of alice.

the trailer for iron jawed angels, produced by hbo films. seeing that the cleveland public library has dozens of copies of this film, I expect it is fairly easy to get.



photo: amish farmer plowing a field, ohio. july 2006

6 comments:

Bee said...

Today is my birthday,too.
I'm grateful to be sharing it with Alice Paul!

subby said...

I'll have to see if me library has this, kimy( and mayhaps do some research ). So much history that we didn't learn in school. Or only the bare basics were touched upon...

Meri said...

It's a great film. I think I bought my copy at Amazon. I did a post about Alice last year, I think. I attended her memorial service at the National Cathedral in D.C. years ago. There are some great photos of her and other early feminists in the National Archives online collection.

Tom said...

i've seen Hilary in some pretty amazing roles...this looks interesting.

Kate Hanley said...

Great post. It's amazing to think about how far we've come (and not come) since that struggle. I will definitely check the film out.

Merle Sneed said...

Nexflix has it too.

Will we ever run out of people to discriminate against?