Iron Jawed Angels Film Screening

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Monday, August 26, 2019 from 02:30 PM until 05:00 PM
Central Library, Open to the Public

Event Details :

This event is free and open to the public.  All are welcome. Please note the earlier-than-usual start time. We'll also stay a bit later due to the run time of the film.

Encore Learning, Arlington Public Library, and League of Women Voters – Arlington will screen this 2004 movie to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

German filmmaker Katja von Garnier directs the HBO original movie Iron Jawed Angels, inspired by a pivotal chapter in American history. Hilary Swank plays Alice Paul, an American feminist who risked her life to fight for women's citizenship and the right to vote. She wrote the first equal rights amendment to be presented before Congress. Paul and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor), struggled against conservative forces in order to pass the 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The suffragettes paraded on President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration day. The new suffragettes also encountered opposition from the old guard suffragettes led by Carrie Chapman Catt (Anjelica Huston). The activists get arrested and go on a well-publicized hunger strike, where their refusal to eat earns them the title of "the iron-jawed angels." Iron Jawed Angels was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 before its television premiere on HBO.

Don't miss the special introduction by two of Arlington's own dynamic leaders: Diane Kresh, Director -Arlington Public Library, and Lora Pollari-Welbes, Executive Director - Encore Learning. After the film, there will be a Q&A session with the League of Women Voters - Arlington.

Location: Arlington Central Library’s first floor auditorium

Directions: The Arlington Central Library is located at 1015 N. Quincy Street between Washington Boulevard and Fairfax Drive. Parking is free at the library, which is midway between the Virginia Square and Ballston Metro Stations on the Orange and Silver lines.