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Local League of Women Voters chapter to host free showing of 'Iron Jawed Angels' this Tuesday

The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters is hosting a free screening of the 2004 HBO movie, "Iron Jawed Angels," this Tuesday, March 19 at Ecumen's Forest Conference Center, starting with a 5 p.m. social. (Photo courtesy of HBO Films)

It's been nearly 100 years since women in this country were given the right to vote, and to celebrate, the Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters is planning to host a free screening of the 2004 HBO film "Iron Jawed Angels" this Tuesday, March 19 in the conference center at Ecumen, 1415 Madison Ave., Detroit Lakes.

The 5:30 p.m. screening will be preceded by a 5 p.m. social, including a brief discussion of the history of the 19th Amendment — and the women's suffrage movement that brought about its passage — that will be led by League member Deanna Sinclair. Free snacks will be provided.

A Sundance Film Festival selection, "Iron Jawed Angels" documents the struggle to obtain voting rights for women. The story follows two young women, Alice Paul (portrayed by Hillary Swank) and Lucy Burns (played by Frances O'Connor), who lead a young band of female activists that eventually decides to join forces with an older generation of suffragettes — led by Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt. Huston won a 2005 Golden Globe Award for her work in the movie.

"They used peaceful and nonviolent strategies to start the dialogue for the American feminist movement, which ultimately led to getting the right to vote for all American women," said League member Beth Pridday, who is one of the organizers for Tuesday's event. "This is a League-sponsored event, but everyone is welcome."

Though this is a free event, she added, the League is asking those attending the event to bring a donation for the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center.

"In lieu of admission, we are asking that each person bring a household item (i.e., laundry detergent, dish soap, dish rags and towels, sanitizing wipes, toilet paper, lotion, body wash, wash cloths, bar soap, toothpaste or similar items) for use in the Crisis Center's 'move out' baskets," Pridday said.

She went on to explained that the LCRC provides "move out" baskets for local women and families when they leave the emergency shelter, Mary's Place, for a new home.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, nonprofit political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The local LWV chapter meets on the third Tuesday of every month at La Barista in Detroit Lakes, starting at 5 p.m. Despite the name, membership is open to both men and women. For more information, please contact LWV membership chair Marcia Potvin at or 218-847-6030.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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