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Somers Girl Scouts to Screen Voting Rights Film

SOMERS, N.Y. — It is hard to imagine that less than 100 years ago, American women did not have the right to vote.

Members of Somers Girl Scout Troop 2779, in appreciation that they will be entering the polling booths within a few years, will sponsor a free screening of the HBO award-winning film " Iron Jawed Angels ," starring Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Julia Ormond and Anjelica Huston.

"Iron Jawed Angels" is based on the true story of two women, Alice Paul (Swank) and Lucy Burns (O’Connor), who, disillusioned with suffragette Carrie Chapman Catt’s National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded their own party, the National Women’s Party. The women endured many insults and indignities in their struggle for women’s rights.

Huston won a Golden Globe award as Best Supporting Actress in the role of Catt. The film also received five Emmy nominations.

After the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, Catt's organization re-emerged as the League of Women Voters.

“Voting is not only our right, but it is our duty to our great nation that each and every citizen eligible to do so participate in our democratic system,” Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy said in support of the Girl Scouts’ event. “Voting helps improve the world we live in.”

"Iron Jawed Angels" will be presented Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at Somers Middle School . It is recommended for teens in high school and beyond. There is no charge.

All attendees will automatically be entered in a free raffle valued at $100. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening. For more information, e-mail votingjourney2012@gmail.com .

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