Film Honors Women’s History Month

The CCC Arts & Ideas Program will host a showing of the film, Iron Jawed Angels, in celebration of Women’s History Month.

The film will show at the CCC Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. The PAC is located at 16th St. and Franklin St. in Astoria. The public is invited, and a small donation of $5.00 is asked.

“Our History is our Strength,” the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month, is graphically shown in the film Iron Jawed Angels. The cast is superlative, including Hilary Swank, Angelica Huston and Patrick Dempsey. LaRee Johnson will be on hand to introduce the film in the persona of Abigail Scott Duniway, who was the suffragette responsible for establishing the right to vote for women in Oregon eight years before it was ratified as an amendment nationally. The film is a not to be missed, powerful statement about the Suffrage movement in the US prior to 1920. It promises to be entertaining as well as educational.

The work on suffrage started in 1848 with the world’s first women’s rights convention in Senaca Falls, New York. Years later, thousands of suffragists were organized into marching parades in NYC and Washington DC, as well as protesting outside the White House. The “silent sentinels” held signs asking President Wilson, “Mr. President how long must women wait for liberty?”

Suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns show the courage and strength of those women in the film, Iron Jawed Angels. Alice Paul (played by a plucky Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (actress Frances O’Connor) were a duo of steely determination. They established the more radical and militant National Women Party in 1917 to organize and rally women around suffrage. Other women had been working on a state-by-state basis for suffrage, but Paul and Burns demanded a federal amendment.

The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric of our history. Learning about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength. The women portrayed in this film give us a glimpse into the lives of women before the 19th amendment was passed.

In addition to the film that evening, there will be information about how you can get active in today’s continuing efforts to protect women’s rights.

For further information about this event, contact Josef Gault at 503-338-5735.

Clatsop Community College is an Affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. The PAC is ADA accessible.

Lady sitting at desk in costume attire.LaRee Johnson will be on hand to introduce the film, Iron Jawed Angels, in the persona of Suffragette Abigail Scott Duniway on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Clatsop Community College’s Performing Arts Center. She is shown here dressed in early 20th century period attire. Submitted photo.


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