Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In honor of this day in history...

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right of women to vote, was ratified when Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it. In Honor of that event, Historybusters would like to recommend the following movie:
Iron Jawed Angels might be just the ticket to get your daughters interest in Women’s History. Featuring an all-star cast, including Hilary Swank, Angelica Huston, Julia Ormond, Brooke Smith, and Frances O’Connor, Iron Jawed Angles tells the story of suffragettes Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and their fight for women’s right to vote. Admittedly a bit heavy handed in places, it does manage to make one feel grateful to the many women who fought for a right that is too often neglected. Family friendly, but with mature content
Want to learn more about the Suffrage Movement? Check out these websites:

Women involved in early reform movements

PBS companion site for Not for Ourselves Alone

PBS introduction for One Woman, One Vote

Timeline of the Women's suffrage movement

Women's suffrage from the Susan B. Anthony Canter

Lesson plan for Suffrage from the Library of Congress

The fight for suffrage from Digital History

Lucy Burns & Alice Paul at the Libray of Congress

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