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One Woman, One Vote Virtual Film Festival

Commemorating the 19th Amendment centennial

In October 1917, Hillwood founder Marjorie Post joined a delegation of women who met with Woodrow Wilson to discuss women’s suffrage. The following year, The New York Times included Post among the largest contributors to the New York State Suffrage Party.

In August 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, declaring that the right to vote could not be denied on the basis of sex. Despite this important step forward, access to vote was still not guaranteed. Indeed citizenship laws, poll taxes, threats and violence barred African American, Latina, Native American, Asian American, immigrant, and poor women from casting their ballots. Many African American women could not vote unimpeded until 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was passed—long after the 19th Amendment went into effect.  

In commemoration of the 19th Amendment centennial, Hillwood, in partnership with the 2020 One Woman, One Vote Festival and Women Make Movies, invites you to a virtual film festival that centers the voices of women as our nation continues to strive for equality.


Registered guests will receive an email with the link and password to access films. The link to stream each title, as well as a brief descripton, are included below. Unless otherwise noted, each film is available on-demand at any point through November 3, 2020. 

MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING: Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama (2009)
This film shares discussions between these remarkable civil rights activists, spanning topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements, to today’s campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform. Including compelling period footage, Davis and Kochiyama’s cogent observations and steadfast resolve to create a more equitable, humane world offer inspiring lessons in empowerment and community building.
Directed by C.A. Griffith and H.L.T. Quan

HEATHER BOOTH: Changing the World (2016) 
Renowned organizer and activist Heather Booth began her remarkable career at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Through her life and work, this film explores pivotal moments in progressive movements over the last fifty years, including Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Summer Project, her founding of the JANE Underground in 1964, and her personal relationships with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren. This inspiring film shows how social change happens.
Directed by Lilly Rivlin

PATSY MINK: Ahead of the Majority (2008) directed by Kimberlee Bassford
In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the US presidency and was the driving force behind Title IX, the landmark legislation that transformed women’s opportunities in higher education and athletics.
Directed by Kimberlee Bassford

LADONNA HARRIS: Indian 101 (2014)
This film celebrates Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris, who has influenced Native and mainstream American history since the 1960s. Filmmaker Julianna Brannum, Harris’s great grand nice, chronicles the personal struggles which led Harris to become a voice for Native people, as well as her contemporary work strengthening and rebuilding indigenous communities by training emerging Native leaders around the world. 
Directed by Julianna Brannum (Comanche) 

A portrait of the canny, lusty, charming, and unstoppable Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), who founded the leading senior advocacy organization, the Gray Panthers, in 1970 after being forced to retire at the age of 65. Her outrage and determination fueled a political chain reaction that forever changed the lives of older Americans, repealing mandatory retirement laws and proving that “old” is not a dirty word. 
Directed by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater

Early filmmakers took advantage of the powerful new media to create propaganda on both sides of the contentious issue of women’s suffrage.  While the representations of feminists abandoning babies or stealing bicycles to attend suffragette meetings may now seem outrageous, the struggle for gender equality and the issues surrounding representations of women in the media remain as fascinating, engaging, and relevant as ever.
Directed by Kay Sloan


This film will be available during the month of September. 

CHISHOLM '72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004)
This compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to seek nomination for the highest office in the land.
Directed by Shola Lynch


One Woman One Vote Film Festival is presented by the 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival and Women Make Movies in   commemoration of the 19th Amendment Centennial (1920-2020) winning women the vote in the United States.

  • Top: Enamel pin reading "Votes for Women" from Marjorie Post's scrapbook. Bottom: super hero-style illustrations of women of color who championed civil rights, set against an american flag image