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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day with a flick

Submitted by on 1, August 21, 2009 – 10:00 amNo Comment

The Island’s local League of Women Voters chapter is honoring Women’s Equality Day by offering a free showing of the 2004 TV movie “Iron Jawed Angels,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 23 in the Alameda Free Library.

The movie, which features an all-star cast, depicts the struggles of young activists who worked to earn women the right to vote.

“We are doing this because many young women do not vote and have little concept of what sacrifices, including being jailed, force-fed, and even death, women went through to get the vote,” League chief Kate Quick said, citing studies that show more than half of women ages 18 to 25 are unaware that women once lacked the right to vote.

Quick said that securing the right to vote was one of the great events in equalizing the status of women in America.

“When we vote, we have power. When we vote, we honor those women who suffered and died to insure that that power is available to us. Women continue to struggle for equal pay and equal status in the marketplace and in the courts. We will never achieve the equality we seek without our participation in the political process,” Quick said.

The film will be preceded by a talk on the women’s suffrage movement and followed by a discussion. The showing, which is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the Alameda Free Library, is free and open to the public.(And if you’re wondering, the movie is rated PG.)

The library is at 1550 Oak Street, and the film will be shown in the library’s Stafford Room.

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