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New markets for “Suffragette”film, plus great contests to enter!


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Name The People Contest: No cost to enter. Submit the names of the 12 people featured on The Other Side on the form provided on the Womenon20’s website. Winners will be announced by Thanksgiving. Essay Contest: Tell in 500-1000 words why commemorating women on national currency is meaningful.  All entries will be sent as one package to the Treasury and the U.S. President. Send entries to: women@womenon20s.org.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial’s contest is geared to undergraduate and graduate students across the nation.

"Suffragette"NEW MARKETS FOR “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2015. Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Champaign-Urbana, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Ft. Myers, Harrisburg, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Madison, Milwaukee,  Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orelans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland, ME, Portland, OR, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tucson, and West Palm Beach. WATCH FOR MORE RELEASES OF “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM ON SuffrageCentennials.com

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Marguerite Kearns is fuming over “Suffragette” film!

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"Marguerite's Musings" by Marguerite Kearnsby Marguerite Kearns

This posting is more appropriately called “Marguerite’s Fumings.” For those of you who have been following Suffrage Wagon News Channel during 2015, you’re well aware of the preview coverage I’ve given to the “Suffragette” film from the UK.

Sure, there are aspects of the film I would have done differently. But I’m not focusing on me as a back-seat driver. I’m referring to the broader significance of this production and why so many people have been waiting for the opportunity to move this important part of history out of the closet.

The long and short of it is that the “Suffragette” film didn’t open in the city where I live, even though there’s a large and sophisticated movie-going population. It’s a diverse city with people for whom this film has been anticipated since the start of 2015. The previews played in a local movie chain here. But then we were only treated to choices of action films and standard Hollywood fare after “Suffragette” opened on October 23rd in other “selected” parts of the United States.


The “Suffragette” film was written, directed, and produced by women; the primary performers are women. It’s a period film illustrating the long and difficult struggle to win women’s voting rights in England. Considerable pre-publicity makes the connection between women’s rights struggles of today (pay gaps, under representation on boards, and in elected positions, etc.) and the past.

Many of us have been following how this all-woman production team has gone up against the film industry. The only course open to concerned people is to vote with our tickets that may translate into box office receipts. But that won’t happen if the film has been wiped off the map where we live. If the opening box office receipts don’t provide the anticipated profits, the movie will be pulled from theaters. And the movement to break through the sandbags Hollywood has stacked against women performers, directors, and support personnel will be undermined again.


Jane Barker of Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is pulling out all stops in terms of getting the word out to her networks. Watch the trailer: http://www.focusfeatures.com/suffragette Pass on the word that the distribution in the U.S. is already limited. Jane has been circulating the list of theaters in the Washington, DC area, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Franciso and Phoenix where people can actually buy tickets to see “Suffragette.”

Meanwhile, I’m fuming. Recently I spoke before a local group urging people to see “Suffragette.” I sent out an appeal last week to my email network making the connection between the “Suffragette” film and our own suffrage history here in the United States. My expectations were raised by the previews in a local movie theater. But Hollywood and its distributers didn’t deliver. I can only assume it’s business as usual. Vote with your theater tickets in places where the “Suffragette” film will be shown. And get behind those organizations and constituencies that support the idea that history belongs to the people, not just those salivating over profits!

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A great deal of information is being shared about upcoming events and celebrations. The “Suffragette” film links below are courtesy of June Purvis, an advisor to the film and an extra in the production. The film opens October 23 in the U.S.

Suffragette review: the battle for the vote, June Purvis historical adviser on the film Suffragette, delivers her verdict, The Times Higher Online, 7 October 2015 http://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/suffragette-review-battle-vote

Being an extra in the feature film Suffragette, by June Purvis, Parliamentary UK Vote 100 online, 7 October 2015 http://ukvote100.org/2015/10/07/being-an-extra-in-the-feature-film-suffragette/

Interview by Linda Kinstler, ‘This movement was most upsetting to the powers that be because of its classlessness’, says Meryl Streep, New York Times Online, 9 October 2015. http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/10/08/this-movement-was-most-upsetting-to-the-powers-that-be-because-of-its-classlessness-says-meryl-streep/

Suffragette: ‘a moving and inspiring film that must be seen says June Purvis,   BBC History Magazine, History Extra Online, 9 October 2015. http://www.historyextra.com/article/social-history/suffragette-review-moving-and-inspiring-film-must-be-seen

Interview with Radhika Sanghani, ‘Suffragettes lost husbands, children and jobs’: the heavy price women paid, Telegraph Online 12 October 2015. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11917603/Suffragettes-lost-husbands-jobs-and-families-Womens-heavy-price.html

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“Great Work, Meryl Streep”: Marguerite’s Musings about the “Suffragette” film from the UK

"Marguerite's Musings" by Marguerite Kearnsby Marguerite Kearns

During an interview recently about the upcoming film “Suffragette” from the UK, Meryl Streep announced: “Girls, we’ve been waiting for this.”  Who was she talking to?

I haven’t been a girl for so long, I automatically assumed she wasn’t talking to me. But Meryl Streep got my attention and she’s referring to the new film, “Suffragette” from the UK where Streep has a starring role as Emmeline Pankhurst, the English suffrage movement matriarch. If there’s anyone who can knock down doors and get people to pay attention to something important, it’s Meryl Streep. She’s in a perfect position to bring this neglected part of history to light.

Meryl Streep made the point in an interview with USA Today that in their day, suffrage activists in England provoked the government so much that authorities developed surveillance cameras to document those they perceived to be terrorists.  In yet another statement, Streep expressed surprise about how the mainstream media generally has ignored this part of history.


How refreshing it is for those of us struggling to get out the word about the suffrage movement to have someone like Streep join the cheering section! While you’re out there, Meryl, please affirm the growing number of folks pressing for answers to questions about upcoming suffrage centennials as well as the 2020 suffrage centennial commemorating the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A considerable amount of blood, sweat and tears went into this accomplishment.

Will the upcoming 2020 national suffrage centennial in the U.S. receive the attention and funding it deserves? Is a national suffrage centennial commission realistic? The commission established to commemorate World War I recently received $5 million for its mission of serving as a national clearing house for events and programs. At the present time, there’s nothing in the wings for women and their suffrage centennial except more opportunities for yard and bake sales to carry out similar work.


Meryl Streep, we’re delighted you’re on board. And we trust that you’ll be asking other questions wherever you go, such as:  Will the 2020 suffrage centennial observance in the U.S. bring to the attention of present and future generations the significance of this important votes for women accomplishment?

In what way will we receive the torch from past generations of activists and pass it on? There’s so much ground to cover and the “Suffragette” film is a terrific opportunity to raise questions and expect answers. Let’s the most of it, Meryl. We’re counting on you. And count on us to be allies by telling our friends about “Suffragette” and our plans to stand in line to buy tickets on opening night in mid September 2015!

BREAKING NEWS: The UK is pressing forward, not only with the “Suffragette” film but with the publication of two new books about the English suffrage movement: one about Princess Sophia and another about Emmeline Pankhurst. Stay tuned!

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