December 13th movie at Ives Hill: UPDATED Information

Our planned December Sunday Movie, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, is no longer available. We thought we’d be able to get it, but it is out of date.  I was looking forward to watching the story of Maya Angelou’s life, and the movie made from her book, “Now I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”.

In its place, we will be showing, “Iron Jawed Angels” on December 13th, at Ives Hill Retirement Community.  It’s very relevant to “our history”, and concerns as women, even today, advocating for equality.  (And I thought it would be significant, at this time of year, to watch something that had “Angels” in the title.)

Showtime is at 2PM and light refreshments will be served.  All AAUW Members, their friends, and residents of Ives Hill are invited to join us.  If you have suggestions for future movies, please email Bonny at



                                                                               Iron Jawed Angels is a 2004 American historical drama film.  




It was directed by Katja von Garnier and starred Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul, Frances O’Connor as activist Lucy BurnsJulia Ormond as Inez Milholland, and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt.

The film received critical acclaim after it premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.  Much of the principal photography was done in Richmond, Virginia.

Iron Jawed Angels Was Last Movie to Make Me Cry.  After I saw it I finally, truly, intensely understood that first wave feminists had fought for me. This movement had been started for me. Not just for me, of course, but for all women.”    By Christina M. Paschyn, WeNews commentatorChristina is a university lecturer and freelance journalist covering gender issues as well as Eurasian and Middle Eastern affairs.


The film focuses on the American women’s suffrage movement during the 1910s, and follows women’s suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful and effective nonviolent strategies, tactics, and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote. It was released in the United States on February 15, 2004.

The film derived its title from Massachusetts Representative Joseph Walsh, who in 1917 opposed the creation of a committee to deal with women’s suffrage. Walsh thought the creation of a committee would be yielding to “the nagging of iron-jawed angels” and referred to the Silent Sentinels as “bewildered, deluded creatures with short skirts and short hair.”

It was nominated for 5 awards: at “56th Primetime Emmy Awards”, none were won; 3 awards at the “62nd Golden Globe Awards”, winning 1; and 2 awards at the “9th Golden Satellite Awards”, winning 1.  Anjelica Huston won the “Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film” and the “Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film


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