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2003; 35m; Documentary; Women Make Movies’ OWOV (One Woman One Vote) Festival
Taking advantage of the powerful new medium, early filmmakers on both sides of the contentious issue of suffrage used film to create powerful propaganda and images about women. Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema contains clips from many films from the era, including: A Lively Affair (1912); A Busy Day (1914), which stars a young Charlie Chaplin in drag portraying a suffragist; and the pro-suffragist film, What 80 Million Women Want (1913), which includes an eloquent speech from president of the Women’s Political Union, Harriet Stanton Blatch. Silent films may have passed into history, and their representations of feminists abandoning babies or stealing bicycles to attend suffragette meetings may now seem outrageous, but the struggle for gender equality and the issues surrounding representations of women in the media remain as fascinating, engaging, and relevant as ever.
Organized and sponsored by the DC LaborFest/DC Labor FilmFest
Co-sponsored by American University’s Center for Media & Social Impact, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Labor Heritage Foundation, Rochester Labor Film Series

Sep 8, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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