Alice Paul, a highly intelligent college graduate of the Progressive era, was a key American suffragist and activist. Along with Lucy Burns and others, she led a successful campaign for women's suffrage that resulted in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. In the HBO movie " Iron Jawed Angels" Alice Paul is played by Hilary Swank, where her suffragist movement is shown in great detail and high perspective. The many hardships and battles Alice Paul had encountered during the movement are shown in the movie, these events create a very real life perspective of how women were thought of and treated in the early 1900's. As well as her battles, Alice Paul's tactics on how to handle these confrontations are also shown in the movie, where her intelligence and iron will for what's right truly shows.
In 1912 Philadelphia, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns have a meeting with their first true activist adversaries and obstacles, Carrie Chapman Catt and Anna Howard Shaw of the National American Woman Suffrage Association also known as NAWSA, which was formed in 1890 by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The rebellious spirit of the two younger activists is in opposing contrast to the more passive, conservative older women. Paul and Burns want to press for a constitutional amendment for women to have the right to vote, but the older women prefer a state-by-state approach. Still after having her idea shot down, Paul is permitted to take over NAWSA's Washington, D.C. committee, provided she and Burns raise their own funds. While Carrie Chapman Catt and Anna Howard Shaw proved to be most difficult barricades in Alice Paul's plan, they were nothing compared to the obstacle that the whole of society provided them. The men of the early 1900's found it extremely appalling for Alice Paul and her followers to dare stand up and challenge the statute they had set for women. The women suffragist would be arrested and put in jail under extremely...
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