The film "Iron Jawed Angels" was released in 2004 and has a plot synopsis of 1912 to 1914.
Iron Jawed Angels is a 2004 American historical drama film.The film features Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul, as well as Julia Ormond as Inez Milholland, and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt.The film received critical praise after its premiere.
The film follows women's suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful and effective tactics to change the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote.On February 15, 2004, the film was released in the United States.
The Women's Social and Political Union was started by radical suffragist leader Emmeline Pankhurst and led by her daughter.There is a plan for the National American Woman's Suffrage Association to campaign in Washington D.C. for national voting rights for women.They find that their ideas are too strong for the established suffragist leaders in the U.S., particularly Carrie Chapman Catt, but they are allowed to lead the NAWSA Congressional Committee in D.C.The 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession was held on the eve of President Wilson's inauguration.
While soliciting donations at an art gallery, Paul convinces Inez to lead the parade on a white horse.There are hints of romance between Paul and Ben Weissman, a fictional character.Paul is trying to explain to Ida B.Wells wants African American women to march in the back of the parade in order to not anger southern Democrats and activists, but she refuses and marches with a white group.The National Woman's Party supported the approach of Paul and Burns after they were forced out of the NAWSA.Alice Paul had a romantic relationship with Ben Weissman.
NAWSA leaders criticize NWP tactics such as protesting against Wilson and picketing outside of the White House, as well as other conflicts within the movement.Many women are arrested for their actions and charged with "obstructing traffic" as relations between the American government and the NWP protesters intensify.
The women are sent to the workhouse for 60 days.Paul and other women go on a hunger strike despite being treated badly.The suffragists are not allowed to see visitors or lawyers until the U.S. becomes a reality.Emily is one of the imprisoned women.The news of their treatment leaks to the media after Emily passes a letter to her husband.The other women are released.
Pressure continues to be put on President Wilson as the NAWSA joins in the NWP call for passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.Wilson agreed to the pressure rather than being called out in the international press for denying democracy's benefits to half of the U.S. population.The amendment passes when Harry T. Burn, a member of the Tennessee legislature, receives a telegram from his mother at the last minute.
The film is named after Massachusetts Representative Joseph Walsh, who opposed the creation of a committee to deal with women's suffrage.The creation of a committee was thought to be yielding to the nagging of iron-jawed angels by Walsh.The use of steel to open the jaws of the women being force-fed is a plot point in the film.
Ben Weissman is a fictional character in the film.