'Iron Jawed Angels': Film Analysis

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Iron Jawed Angels is the moving 2004 film that highlights how Alice Paul and Lucy Burns fought for women's suffrage. In the film, director Katja von Garnier, follows these women and the efforts they put forth as members of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and later the work they did as founders of the National Woman's Party (NWP). The film showcases the trials that Alice Paul and Lucy Burns had to overcome, not just from opposition found within NAWSA, but also among society and in politics. The film begins with Alice Paul, played by Hilary Swank, and Lucy Burns, played by Frances O'Conner, arriving from England where they had formerly been involved in the women's suffrage movement. They arrive in the United States with the goal of using what they learned in England and applying similar strategic techniques to their campaigns. Initially, the duo are active members of NAWSA, led by Carrie Chapman Catt played by Angelica Huston, however, as their approach and tactics become more aggressive, and they become independently successful as a branch of the organization, Catt voices her displeasure with Paul and Burns' approach, which leads them to separate from the organization in order to establish their own, politically aggressive party, the National Women's Party, whose sole agenda is to focus on making women's suffrage an issue within politics and society and getting an amendment passed that guarantees people the right to vote regardless of sex (Iron

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