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Changing the course of American history:
How two tenacious, smart young women accomplished what the old guard had attempted for decades without success.

"They had no vote, no political clout, no equal rights. But what they lacked under the law, they made up for with brains, determination and courage."

League of Women on Cincinnati's Fountain Square Cincinnati World Cinema, the League of Women Voters and Women in Film Cincinnati are proud to present IRON JAWED ANGELS, a powerful film about endurance, ethics, love of justice, friendship and teamwork, based on the true story of the struggle to guarantee the right to vote for American women.

There are two screenings on Saturday, September 24, at 3:00 and 7:00 pm, on the historic Showboat Majestic.


Watch the IJA Trailer
"This is inspiring for women of all ages ...
I was really moved by the drive and courage of these women."

    ~ Hilary Swank

Cincinnati World Cinema :: IJA Cast
IRON JAWED ANGELS preimiered to standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Katja von Garnier brings history to vivid life with a heightened sense of drama, ample dialogue and strong character development, courtesy of a wise and witty screenplay by Jennifer Friedes.

Contemporary music, a stellar cast and great production values provide people of all ages with present-tense, modern day immersion in the events that shaped our history.


A country divided. Hesitation to confront a wartime president. Mistreatment of prisoners. Sounds like modern times, but this was America 100 years ago!

Way back in 1848 the women's suffrage movement held a national convention in upstate New York, and starting in 1869, women from suffrage groups came to Washington D.C. each and every year, petitioning the federal government for the right to vote. For the next 43 years, through 1912, the members of Congress displayed little regard for the millions of signatures on the petitions - never once debating a single petition in the House of Representatives.

The film frames three pivotal points in American history, spanning 1912 -1920 —

   Notes on Race, Suffrage, Parallel Cultures, African American Leaders


Founded and led by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns in 1916, the National Woman's Party had only 50,000 members, roughly 3% of its parent organization, the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Yet, in a relatively short period of time, by using an array of creative methods including parades, public demonstrations, civil disobedience, picketing, hunger strikes, and public education, the NWP successfully pressured the President, Congress and state legislatures into supporting passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing the nationwide right to vote for women.

NWP strategy and tactics produced an effective blueprint for future civil rights and social issues efforts. Learn more in this article prepared by the American Memory unit of the Library of Congress.


Less than 100 years ago, women in America did not have the right to vote in national elections. Today, the story of the lengthy struggle to amend the U.S. Constitution is often little more than a footnote in our history books. With voter suppression on the rise in America, people of all ages and all walks of life should know about the sacrifice and effort expended in obtaining a right that so many take for granted today.

Visit our Educator Resources page for links and downloads including relevant history, biographies, timelines, videos, teaching guides, class projects, etc.


Cincinnati World Cinema An all-volunteer organization now in its fifteenth year, CINCINNATI WORLD CINEMA showcases outstanding motion pictures not normally shown in the metro area, with focus on those that explore the human condition and celebrate cultural diversity.

Presenting international, independent, documentary and short films that inform and entertain, CWC events typically include discussions with filmmakers or local experts to enhance audience experience.    (859) 957 FILM, CincyWorldCinema.org.

League of Women Voters The LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, a nonpartisan non-profit educational organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

After the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Cincinnati Area branch began operation in October, 1920, with the goal of assisting women in exercising their newly won voting rights and responsiblities.   (513) 281 8683, LWVcincinnati.org.

Women in Film Cincinnati WOMEN IN FILM CINCINNATI is a newly-formed non-profit created to bring together and celebrate the growing number of metro-area women involved in film, television and digital media. WIF's focus includes professional development, educational and social events, project and job networking. wifcincinnati.org


Saturday, 3 pm ...

is a Producer/Director with 2 international Peabody Awards and 18 Emmys. Her documentary, Visions of Vine Street sparked change leading to revitalization of Cincinnati's historic Over the Rhine. She served 4 years as a Cincinnati Council Member and is now President of LQ Consulting. She's currently producing/ directing a PBS documentary, America's First Net Zero Energy Police Station and is a founding board member of Women In Film Cincinnati. Learn more about Laure

MELISSA CURRENCE is the interactive media manager at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. She joined the League of Women Voters in 1997 and has served as Cincinnati Area president, chair of the voter service, nominating and action committees. She currently serves as the vice president of development for the Cincinnati Area LWV and is a League of Women Voters' Ruth S. Shur Fellow.

Melissa helped found Act One, a local initiative encouraging those who are 18-35 to join the League and she served on the LWV Ohio board and on the national LWVUS Young People Task Force as co-chair. With a BA in political science from Xavier University, and her MA in communication from The Ohio State University, she also serves on the board of the Cincinnatus Association.

Saturday, 7 pm ...

is an independent filmmaker. She was Producer/Director for Do Not Go Gently (APT), camera operator for Election Day (POV/PBS) by Katy Chevigny, Trees in Trouble (PBS) by Andrea Torrice, and line producer for A Lion in the House (Independent Lens/PBS) and The Last Truck (HBO) by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert. She's working on two documentaries, Rebirth of Over-the-Rhine and Will I Be Next? is a teacher at Cincinnati State, and a founding board member of Women In Film Cincinnati. Learn more about Melissa

DESIRAE FUTEL serves on the boards of the League of Women Voters and the Woman's City Club, both in Cincinnati, focusing on community outreach, civil rights and social action. She graduated from SCPA in Cincinnati and later from Loyola University, cum laude, in Chicago.

Desirae has packed diverse and interesting experience into her life, ranging from costume design to financial services to cosmetology to social activism. Raising a four-year-old daughter, she finds time to pursue her personal mission: to serve, educate and empower others.


Cincinnati Parks Collaborating with Cincinnati World Cinema to preserve the Showboat Majestic, a National Historic Landmark, CINCINNATI PARKS operates roughly 100 parks, including five nature centers, an arboretum, one of the largest public plant conservatories in the country and the Midwest's largest public art collection.

In addition to overseeing the preservation and use of 5,000 acres, Cincinnati Parks maintains parkways and neighborhood gateways as well as the Street Tree program on 1,000 miles of city streets. These are amazing resources for area residents — visit a Cincinnati park today!
(513) 357-2604, cincinnatiparks.com

HBO HBO FILMS, a division of the HBO network, began producing narrative and documentary films in 1983. With exceptional stories, casts and production values, their groundbreaking creations are consistently top-quality.

HBO productions have garnered hundreds of Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Without the constraints faced by commercial film studios, HBO films feature diversity, address social issues and offer opportunities to both emerging and seasoned directors, techs and actors.

The HBO FILMS division has produced roughly 300 films since its founding, including these commendable works: Temple Grandin, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Maria Full of Grace, Cinema Verite, Grey Gardens, Iron Jawed Angels, Elephant, Real Women Have Curves, A Lesson Before Dying, Amistad, The Tuskegee Airmen, Barbarians at the Gate, And the Band Played On, Stalin, and Citizen Cohn.