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Women's Suffrage in New York

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Films and documentaries about the Suffrage and Women's Rights Movements

“Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony”  

This two part series by Ken Burns.  The first installment in Ken Burns’s remarkable documentary on the women’s suffrage movement, this program depicts the early years of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The second installment in Ken Burns’s eye-opening profile of the women’s suffrage movement, this program depicts the later years of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Read more about the documentary in this PBS Forum

“Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice”                                                                                                                                       

Though virtually forgotten today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931). This film is a stirring biography of a crusading journalist, anti-lynching campaigner, and black suffragette during the most repressive years of the Jim Crow period.

“Iron Jawed Angels”                                                                                                                                                                

This HBO film tells the dramatized story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, leaders of suffragists who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. They broke from the mainstream women's rights movement to create a more activist wing, daring to push the boundaries to secure women's voting rights in 1920. 

“Inez Milholland ~ Forward Into Light”                                                                                                                                  

This documentary tells the story of American icon and native New Yorker, Inez Milholland who broke convention with her advocacy for gender equality, pacifism, racial justice, unions and free speech in the early Twentieth Century. She became the voice of suffrage.   

More films and documentaries about Suffrage and the Women's Rights Movements

"One Woman, One Vote"

How could America call itself the world's greatest democracy but continue to deny the right to vote to more than half of its citizens? This PBS program documents the struggle for women’s rights that culminated in the passing of the 19th Amendment in the U.S. Senate by one vote. Witness the 70-year struggle for women's suffrage and discover why the crusaders faced entrenched opposition from men and women who feared the women's vote would ignite a social revolution. 

The Oratory of Women's Suffrage

This video documentary re-creates the speeches of leading suffragettes whose impassioned words shaped the women’s movement during its inception in the late 19th century.