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Iron Jawed Angels (2004)

aka Iron Jawed Angels

"Votes for women"

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Written By:  Writer details not available
Details: 125 mins · English


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Absolutely Beautiful

Again, one can find such rare gems in made-for-TV movies, and this is one of them. With Hilary Swank leading the cast in this very engaging movie, honestly, where could you go wrong?

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Small Alice Paul
Small Carrie Chapman Catt
Small Emily Leighton
Small Harriot Blatch
Small Lucy Burns
Small Reverend Anna Howard Shaw
Small Ruza Wenclawska
Small Mabel Vernon
No_movie_poster Ida Wells-Barnett
Small Doris Stevens
Small Inez Millholland
Small Ben Weissman
No_movie_poster Senator Thomas 'Tom' Leighton
Small President Woodrow Wilson
No_movie_poster Representative Gordon


No_movie_poster Katja von Garnier Director
No_movie_poster Len Amato Production


"Votes for women"


The film begins as Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) return from England, where they participated in the women's suffrage movement. Once the pair becomes more active within the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), they begin to understand that their ideas were much too forceful for the established activists, particularly Carrie Chapman Catt (Anjelica Huston). The pair leave NAWSA and found the National Women's Party (NWP), a better way to fight for women's rights.

Over time, problems occur as NAWSA leaders criticize NWP tactics, such as protesting against a wartime President Woodrow Wilson and picketing outside the White House with "Silent Sentinels." Male supremacists famously (and infamously) label the women "iron-jawed angels." Relations between the American government and the NWP protesters also intensify, as many women are arrested for their actions, though the official charge is "obstructing traffic."

The women are sent to the Occoquan Workhouse for 60-day terms where they suffer under unsanitary and inhumane conditions. During this time, Paul and other women undertake a hunger strike, during which paid guards force-feed them milk and raw eggs. News of their treatment leaks to the media through the husband of one of the imprisoned women, a U.S. Senator, who has been able to lobby for a visit (the suffragists are otherwise unable to see visitors or lawyers) by putting a letter in his shirt. Pressure is put on President Wilson as the NAWSA seizes the opportunity to try for the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution.

Paul, Burns and all of the other women were all pardoned by President Wilson.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2004-02-15 : United States of America

DVD : 2004-09-07