This is a clip from the movie Iron-Jawed Angels. In it, Hilary Swank plays suffragist Alice Paul who is force-fed through her hunger strike against women being denied the right to vote. This is a tough clip to watch—just a heads up:
This should be a tough clip to watch. Keep in mind that the Miranda Rights that we receive today—“You have the right to remain silent”—was far from being introduced to our legal rights. So imagine being arrested for protesting. In the U.S. Against not being able to vote.
Imagine having no voice in keeping your children in a divorce. Or having your own bank account. Or a right to an education. Traveling on your own. Shopping. Choices about your health care. Getting access to health care. Choosing where to live. What kind of job to have. Choosing the option of working.
I could go on here. Get the picture? All of these things that women take for granted on a daily basis is accessible to us because of these women that fought for our right to vote. That right was given us 90 years ago today when the 19th Amendment was signed into law. Thank you, ladies.