Look into your own heart, I swear to you mine is no different.
You want a place in the trades and professions where you can earn your bread, so do I.
You want some means of self expression some way of satisfying your personal ambitions, so do I.
You want a voice under the government in which you live, so do I.
This is a powerful scene from the film Iron Jawed Angels. The film focuses on the American women’s suffrage movement during the early twentieth century, primarily following the political activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. The film shows the extreme lengths these incredible women went to to fight for women’s rights, suffering in a Workhouse and undertaking hunger strikes during which they were brutally force-fed.
This film reminded me not to take for granted my right to vote.