2004 · United States - Katja von Garnier
The film begins as Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) return from England, where they participated in the suffrage movement. Once the pair becomes more active within the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), they begin to understand that their ideas were much too forceful for the established activists, particularly Carrie Chapman Catt (Anjelica Huston). The pair leave the NAWSA and found the National Women's Party (NWP), a better way to fight for women's rights. Over time, problems occur as NAWSA leaders criticize NWP tactics, such as protesting of a wartime President and picketing outside the White House with their Silent Sentinels. These woman became known famously and infamously (to men supremacists) as 'Iron Jawed Angels'. Relations between the American government and the NWP protesters also grow, as many women are arrested for their actions, though the official charge is "obstructing traffic." They are sent to the Occoquan Workhouse for 60-day terms where they suffer under unsanitary and inhumane conditions. During this time, Paul and other women undertake a hunger strike, during which paid guards force feed them milk and raw eggs. News of their treatment leaks to the media through the husband of one of the imprisoned women who has been able to lobby for a visit (the suffragists are otherwise unable to see visitors or lawyers) by putting a letter in his shirt. Pressure is put on President Wilson as the NAWSA seizes the opportunity to try for the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution.