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'Iron Jawed Angels' showing for Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, SOU's Women's Resource Center and the League of Women Voters of Ashland, with co-sponsors, Soroptomist International of Ashland and the American Association of University Women, Ashland branch, are presenting on Wednesday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m., a viewing of "Iron Jawed Angels."

Directed by Katja von Garnier, this historical film covers the politically turbulent period between 1912 and 1920 when a group of passionate suffragettes demanded that the U.S. adopt a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. The film explores the struggles and triumphs these women face as they meet resistance from citizens, President Woodrow Wilson, and even other suffragette leaders. Besides exploring the social impact of the suffrage movement, the film highlights the personal trials and triumphs of the two pivotal women, Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burnes (Frances O'Connor), who lead the campaign.

Before the movie begins, a reception will be held in the lobby of the auditorium. Refreshments will be served and the audience will have a chance to talk with the sponsors and look at the pictures and materials illustrating the events of the times and the years thereafter that have helped shape the women's movement.

Shirley Patton, the radio voice of "As It Was" will read a short selection of local suffragette history prior to the start of the film.

This event connects to students as well as to other members of the community and is uniting women in a coalition honoring an amazing group of early, revolutionary activists. It follows in the tradition of Women's History Month, which gained momentum in the '60s, when women became historians investigating the role of women in the past and transformed history into an examination of not just the political but also the sociological, economic and wider aspects of American life. "Iron Jawed Angels" is a fitting tribute to them, their predecessors and all the courageous women who will succeed them.