Feminism In Iron Jawed Angels

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“Give me liberty or give me death,” a phrase by Patrick Henry, Former Governor of Virginia, spoken during his speech at the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. This very same phrase without a doubt, describes the passion and dynamic of a group of women who stopped at nothing to fight for American women’s right to vote. This phrase also used in the movie Iron Jawed Angels truly emulates the milestones lead women, such as Alice Paul women would take to end women’s suffrage.
In the movie, Iron Jawed Angels through each roadblock members of the originally called, “Congressional Union” knew that if they had to fight as far as death for the chance of freedom they would without question. For example, during the jail scene where the women
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Wells and Alice’s conversation before the march. Wells responds to Alice when she says to her to end the fight women need to stand together, and Wells says, “what women? White women?” It became clear to me that the fight for the end of women’s suffrage would not include women of color on the front lines. For women of color, Journalists such as Wells were became one of the many voices for women of color that in that moment were almost quite literally asked to stand in the back and not the front lines. I believe that Sojourner Truth, also became a voice like Wells in order to represent the woman of color’s voice in a time where only White women were given a right that should be granted to all women in order to begin the endings of women’s suffrage. Truth’s speech, titled “Ain’t I a woman?” correlates to Wells response to Alice, “what women? White women?” Truth and Wells both are asking, if we are talking about ending women’s suffrage are we truly ending it for all women or just white women? Because in Truth’s defense isn’t she a woman just like the other white women who were fighting for freedom too? I believe that speeches and voices like Truth’s and Wells’ are actions that influence my right as a woman of color, as a reminder to never give up and fight for what is right. Especially when there may not be a large presence on your …show more content…
With these conditions still brings forth similar actions such as marches used in the first wave as a means to bring an end to certain inequalities between men and women. For example, The Women’s March that took place in Washington D.C. on President Donald Trump’s inauguration day, January 20th, 2017. The women of that march came together to say, and I quote from the Women’s march web page, “people of all backgrounds--women and men and gender nonconforming people, young and old, of diverse faiths, differently abled, immigrants and indigenous--came together, 5 million strong, on all seven continents of the world….answering a call to show up and be counted as those who believe in a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all, one in which the human rights and dignity of each person is protected and our planet is safe from destruction.” This march stemmed from the words used to describe women by our current President. It also stemmed from the individuals who used the actions of our current President as an excuse or reason to treat certain women, homosexuals, individuals of color as such. The Third-Wave is alive and

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