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I watched the movie “Iron Jawed Angels” which is a movie based on the year 1919-1920 situations happened regarding women’s right to vote. Fiery American suffragette Alice Paul lights a fire under the older women’s leaders in Washington DC. President Wilson refuses to give all women the vote, but Paul is prepared to go to prison for her cause. Along with her friend, Lucy Burns and other women, they fought for women’s rights and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. These activists showed their strong support by marching during President Wilson’s initiation and protesting in front of the White House during a war, which many men were angry about. The protests in front of the White House led to activists being arrested and charged them with “obstruction of traffic.” Inside the prison, Alice Paul and the other women went on a hunger strike and were forced fed by authorities with raw eggs and milk. Later, the harsh treatment of the authorities were published in newspapers which put pressure on the President that led to the ratification of 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. I think this is a good choice for us to look for details about the situations that women faced in those years. This is how it is related to women’s studies. This significant women’s movement is the key for knowing about how women should react in certain inequalities they face.

Carrie Chapman Catt is the chairman of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) who did not see protesting, marching, and hunger strike as the procedure that women should take in order to achieve their goals. She believed that the constitutional amendment that gives women the right to vote will only be vetoed in the Senate and will be a waste of time. In other words, she as well as the other women in their group prefer a state-by-state approach While Alice Paul, thought that in order to achieve their goal they must fight for it no matter what it will cost them. The different views from both, led to Alice Paul getting out of the NAWSA group, and creating her own that they called the Congressional Union for Women’s Suffrage. 

According to my opinion, Alice Paul was not known too well by people as much as the other figures because she was not the only woman who fought for the voting rights for women. There were too many women that fought for it, therefore making it difficult for people to remember who exactly succeeded. Also, the fact that our country do not like to pay attention to what women did for our society, because some still do not agree with the decision that gave women the right to vote. Still, a few people believed that women should not have a voice in this country.