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Iron Jawed Angels

A. Paul

Alice Paul (1885-1977), a Penn alumna who made history in her lifetime as a suffragist who fought for and ultimately won the right to vote for women in America will be portrayed by Hilary Swank in the HBO films presentation, Iron Jawed Angels. It premieres on Sunday, February 15 at 9:30 p.m. For more information about the film see www.hbo.com/films/ironjawedangels/.

Alice Paul received her Ph.D. at Penn in 1912 with a dissertation on the legal status of women in Pennsylvania. The SSW alumna went on to chair the Congressional Committee of the National American Women's Suffrage Association, which succeeded in winning the vote for women in 1920. She wrote the Equal Rights Amendment, and founded the National Woman's Party and World Woman's Party.

Upon her death, on July 9, 1977, at 92, Penn's Association of Women Faculty and Administrators (AWFA) set up the Alice Paul Awards in her honor, and the Women's Studies Program named its research arm the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women and Gender.

 

 


  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 21, February 10, 2004

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