Iron Jawed Angels (2004 TV-14)
Content Area
2h 3min
Movie Story Line
A true story of two young activists who fought to give women the right to vote.
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Teaching Idea #1

What was the significance of the Silent Sentinels protest? Why did they protest in front of the White House? Why did they often quote President Wilson in their banners? The film did not accurately portray the president’s eventual role in supporting passage of the 19th Amendment. What did he do to support it in the end?

Teaching Idea #2

What were the main differences between the National American Woman's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and the National Women’s Party? One of the historical inaccuracies in the movie is not giving NAWSA credit for its role in getting the 19th Amendment passed and ratified. Research what the organization accomplished with its different tactics and focus.

Teaching Idea #3

The first wave of feminism in the U.S. mainly focused on attaining suffrage. Compare and contrast the goals and approaches used by the 2nd and 3rd waves of feminism, as well as the current events of each period that encouraged or discouraged the fight for gender equality. Include how women of color and their needs and perspectives were included or excluded during each of these periods.