Breaking Ranks within the Women's Movement

When president-elect Woodrow Wilson arrives in Washington, for his inauguration, he wonders where the crowds are.  He is advised they are elsewhere - watching the suffragists' parade:

At the railway station a few blocks away, president-elect Wilson and the presidential party arrived to little fanfare. One of the incoming president's staff asked, “‘Where are all the people?’;—‘Watching the suffrage parade,’ the police told him.” 

The next day Wilson would be driven down the miraculously clear, police-lined Pennsylvania Avenue cheered on by a respectful crowd.

Alice Paul and Lucy Burns often encounter a less-than-respectful crowd - even within the women's suffrage movement.  For whatever reason, senior members of the NAWSA (National American Woman Suffrage Association) - like Rev. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt - were not always supportive of the younger women's ideals and methods.

See, also:

Alice Paul - Chairman of the Congressional Committee

Alice Paul and Lucy Burns - Building the Base

Suffragette Parade - March 13, 1913

Success and Resistance - Alice Paul Keeps Fighting

Lucy Burns - Let's Picket the White House

Lucy Burns and Alice Paul - Advocates for Women

Lucy Burns - Imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse

Alice Paul - Imprisoned

Alice Paul - Force Feeding

Victory - The 19th Amendment is Ratified

Media Credits

Clip from "Iron-Jawed Angels" (2004), an HBO film about suffragettes fighting for a constitutional amendment, giving American women the right to vote. 

Clips online, courtesy HBO and YouTube.  All copyrights/ownership rights belong to HBO.  Provided here as "fair use" for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.


Katja von Garnier

Len Amato
Lydia Dean Pilcher
Robin Forman
Paula Weinstein

Sally Robinson
Eugenia Bostwick-Singer
Raymond Singer
Jennifer Friedes


Hilary Swank - Alice Paul
Frances O'Connor - Lucy Burns
Molly Parker - Emily Leighton (a fictional character portrayed as a senator's wife)
Laura Fraser - Doris Stevens
Lois Smith - Rev. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw
Vera Farmiga - Ruza Wenclawska (also known as Rose Winslow)
Brooke Smith - Mabel Vernon
Patrick Dempsey - Ben Weissman (a fictional character)
Julia Ormond - Inez Milholland
Adilah Barnes - Ida Wells-Barnett
Anjelica Huston - Carrie Chapman Catt

Reinhold Heil
Johnny Klimek

Robbie Greenberg

Hans Funck

HBO Films

Release date:
February 15, 2004

Running time:
125 minutes

Quoted passages from an article by Sheridan Harvey, online at the Library of Congress - American Memory - web site.


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