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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Remembering the Story of Woman's Suffrage

Huff Post, The Importance of Telling the Story--Crusade for the Vote

As we work to inspire, educate and empower others by integrating women's history as part of the distinctive culture of the United States, we applaud the writers and producers of Suffragette who recognized the need to expand awareness about this significant moment in Britain's history. Director Sarah Gavron, in a recent interview, talked about the timing for the movie, which had been six years in the making.


This story had never been told, the reason it's never been told before is because women keep being marginalized. What was on our side was there's a conversation now happening about the inequity in the film business, so people were aware. The story we wanted to tell had become more timely.

 Her explanation is not surprising. We know that for most Americans, their knowledge of how U.S. women won the right to vote is limited to major personalities like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. But the campaign stretched from the East to the West Coast, with dozens of women doing their part as local canvassers, state campaigners, White House picketers, and filling many other roles. The breadth of the suffrage story is still largely unknown.

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What I liked most about the movie was the emphasis on working class women and their participation in the British suffrage movement. The film depicts the working conditions and abuse in the early 20th century factories (in this case a group of women who wash laundry). And the "2nd Shift" is clearly implied--the idea that women would work all day and then take care of their families. So many good things about this movie!

Posted by: Lisa Hogan | Nov 18, 2015 11:12:10 AM

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