Alice Paul and the women of the 1917 Women's Suffrage movement fight for future generations right to vote and run for office. Sacrificing their health, marriages and the limited amount of freedom they had, women were imprisoned and force fed after picketing and hunger-striking against war-time president, Woodrow Wilson; but survived to see the results of their efforts.Written by
The device used to hold Hilary Swank's mouth open during the force feeding scene is a speculum. See more »
During President Wilson's speech acknowledging the importance of women to the war effort, the flag behind him is hanging incorrectly, The Union -- the blue field -- should always be displayed in the upper left-hand corner. In the film it's to the right. See more »
The story of the women's suffrage movement in America during the period 1912- 1920 moves along crisply, and the acting is of high caliber. This is not your grandmother's civil rights history; it is contemporary, relevant and occasionally funny. These are powerful, intelligent women who launch a quixotic campaign
to win voting rights against the opposition of most men, including President
Wilson, and not a few women. Set against a historical background that includes Prohibition and the outbreak of World War I, the film doesn't shy away from
tough subjects -- the human rights abuses committed against the movement's
leaders are depicted graphically and would not be suitable for young viewers. The 2000 Presidential election was a wake-up call about the need to exercise
our constitutional rights. This film reminds us never to take those rights for granted.
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