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Film: Votes for Women (1996)

Votes for Women. Kay Weaver and Martha Wheelock. Wild West Women, Inc., 1996.

Era: Post-Suffrage Era | Media: Film

This 20-minute film gives an overview of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. Here’s a summary:

Votes for Women (1996), Produced for the 75thAnniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting Women the Right to Vote. A perfect overview of the 72 year-long struggle, from 1848 to 1920. The film covers not only the national campaign, but also leaders and individual states.

Votes for Women celebrates the magnificent campaign, the ultimate victory, and the paths that contemporary women are taking in politics.

With the voices of Constance Towers, Jean Stapelton, John Wesley, Rue McClanahan, Susan Clark, Carole Ita White, Marla Gibbs, Liz Torres, Kathy Najimy and Susan Ruttan, this film sets archival photographs, stock footage and live action to narration, music from the Suffrage Movement, and a new verse, to Kay Weaver’s anthem “One Fine Day.”

“Votes for Women” was produced by Kay Weaver and Martha Wheelock, who also directed two other documentaries on the suffrage movement: “Forward Into Light,” about Inez Mulholland, and “California Women Win the Vote!”

You can buy the film here.


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