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Rally, film screening mark anniversary of women’s right to vote

CARBONDALE – A “We Can Do It” 90th anniversary celebration of the 19th Amendment Ratification and “Get Out The Vote” rally will take place Sunday, Oct. 24, at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and will include bluegrass music, a rally to encourage people to vote in the Nov. 2 election, and a free screening of the HBO film “Iron Jawed Angels,” about the women’s suffragette movement of the early 20th century.

Ratified in 1910, the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. The film stars Hilary Swank, Angelica Huston, Margo Martindale and Frances O’Connor as the defiant young female activists who put their lives at risk to help American women win that right.

“Until recently, when I opened an anonymous mass email about the 19th Amendment, I hadn’t considered this milestone,” said Kathryn Camp, one of the self-described “uppity local gals” who are organizing Sunday’s event.

“The letter painted a graphic picture of ‘the night of terror,’ when guards from a federal prison in Virginia tortured the leaders of the suffragette movement after they had peacefully picketed President Woodrow Wilson,” Camp said. “I never learned about this in history class … I just couldn’t believe that I hadn’t heard anything about the outrageous jailing and torture of those courageous women who led the fight for our inclusion in democracy.”

The issue is still relevant today, she said, “because true democracy is still threatened by those who would silence the voices of discontent, and because women are still carrying the banner of equality and peace.” 

Several local female elected officials are expected to attend the Sunday event. The film is scheduled to be shown following the rally, at 7:30 p.m.

“What better way to build excitement for this election than to review a critical point in our nation’s history?” Camp added.

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