Suffragists Storm the Screen

Part 2 in a series by Christine U'Ren

On July 29, 1911, Moving Picture News reported, "The suffragettes in this city recently...[decided] that motion picture films should be made showing the suffrage cause in the best light," as this was "the best way in which thousands of people might be instructed who otherwise never would hear of the suffrage cause."

The American suffrage movement was already familiar with the value of visual spectacle, having staged parades, pageants, plays, vaudeville presentations, and slideshows. (Kay Sloan states that "California had been won largely due to the use of lively pageants and plays.") The suffragists soon carried their moving-picture plans into action...

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