Film Tells Story Of Struggle For Suffrage

UNION—“Iron-Jawed Angels,” a DVD of a film depicting Alice Paul’s battle to win the vote for women, will be presented by the League of Women Voters of the Union Area and the Union Public Library at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 16 in the library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union. The snow date for the event is Feb. 23.

Produced by HBO, the film starring Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston was lauded by critics as a testament to the sacrifices made by suffrage leaders in their long struggle for voting rights. Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper gave it two thumbs up.


Paul, a New Jersey-born Quaker, and her friend Lucy Burns, along with other dedicated women, faced an unsympathetic and often hostile government and public during World War I and braved jail terms in their determination to win equality.

Their battle lasted until the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919 finally gave the vote to women.

The following year—the first time women were able to vote in a presidential election—the League of Women Voters was founded. Its goal was to educate the new voters to enable them to cast their ballots wisely.

Today, the League remains a non-partisan organization which seeks to inform voters about critical issues of the times. It is now open to men and well as women; any citizen over the age of 18 is eligible to join. Anyone interested in becoming a member should call (908) 925-9784 or (908) 687-4285 or by visit

Admission to the film showing is free and light refreshments will be provided. Additional information is available by calling (908) 851-5452.

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