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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
The Vote

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Vote

Monday, July 6 at 9:00 pm and Tuesday, July 7 at 9:00 pm


Suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul sews stars on a flag marking state ratifications, Washington, DC, 1920

Suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul sews stars on a flag marking state ratifications, Washington, DC, 1920

Focusing primarily on the movement’s final decade, the film charts American women’s determined march to the ballot box, and illuminates the myriad social, political and cultural obstacles that stood in their path. The Vote delves into the controversies that divided the nation in the early 20th century – gender, race, state’s rights and political power – and reveals the fractious dynamics of social change.

Part One explores how the challenges facing the women’s suffrage movement shaped the battle in the crucial period from 1906-1915, including internal debates over radical tactics and the place of African American women in the movement.

Part Two examines the final four years, 1916-1920, of the campaign for the passage of the 19th amendment and profiles some of the unsung women whose tireless work would finally ban discrimination at American polls on the basis of sex.

Suffragists picket in front of the White House, Washington, DC, February 1917

Suffragists picket in front of the White House, Washington, DC, February 1917