Aug. 26 marks the 93rd anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. In honor of all the women and their male supporters who campaigned for 72 years to win that right, the League of Women Voters of Sussex County will present the critically acclaimed film “ Iron Jawed Angels “ on Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The film will be shown at the South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach. The movie is open to the public and free of charge.
The film is based on the true story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, two committed young women who led a group of rebel activists to pursue equality for all American women. “They were resolute in their focus and steadfast in the face of fierce opposition sacrificing love, health and well-being to achieve their goal. Love vs. career, male dominance, radical vs. conservative groups, government ignorance, racial rights and feminism are woven into this well-crafted movie,” organizers said.
Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor head a female ensemble that also includes Julia Ormond and Angelica Houston (Emmy-nominated for best supporting actress). The film aims to spans the generations, appealing to young and old, and inspire a new appreciation for the right of all people to vote.
“On this Women’s Equality Day, we are focused on protecting voting rights for all and making sure that everyone who is eligible to vote is able to,” said Sussex County League President Jane Lord. The LWV, which was also founded in 1920, does not support or oppose candidates and is not affiliated with any political party. “We don’t care whom you vote for; we just want everyone to exercise his or her right to vote.”
“Our foremothers understood that voting provides citizens the ability to have an impact on the critical issues facing their communities,” Lord continued. “Women’s Equality Day is a time to celebrate such a basic part of our democratic process — the right to vote and the opportunities to channel that power into real, lasting change, starting at the grassroots level — not just for women, but for all of us.”
“Members of the League of Women Voters of Sussex County are working to make our democracy strong and reflective of Sussex County through voter registration drives, educational forums, and local advocacy,” Lord said. “We always welcome new volunteers! What better day than the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to get involved?”
To learn more about upcoming events or how to become a member of the League of Women Voters of Sussex County, visit www.sussexlwv.org.