By Catherine Laroche
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, many men and women across America willbe doing the same thing: voting. Eighty-four years ago, however,women didn’t have the right to vote.
Most people don’t know the history of how women claimed thatright. Because of this, the University of Louisville’s Women’sCenter has put together an event to help people better understandhow women seized the ballot: Women’s Equality Day 2004.
Women’s Equality Day is a national celebration of the 19thAmendment, which gave women the right to vote and was a result ofthe women’s suffrage movement.
“The Women’s Center feels like it is important to celebrateEquality Day,” Assistant Director Michelle Thompson said. “Thepurpose of celebrating Equality Day is to educate people on women’ssuffrage and encourage people to vote.”
The Women’s Center hopes to have a huge showing for voterregistration from people of all ages, especially freshmen sincemost of them are now 18 and can vote for the first time. “This is agreat way for freshmen to register to vote,” Thompson said.
The annual event will feature free food, suffrage memorabiliaand posters, a DJ, and information tables about women and politicalissues.
The highlight of the event, however, is “Iron Jawed Angels.””Iron Jawed Angels” is an HBO film about the late years of thesuffrage movement. The film stars Hilary Swank, Angelica Huston andFrances O’Connor.
“This is a great movie,” Thompson said. “We don’t have time toteach and talk to people about Equality Day, so this movie is agood way of showing people what Equality Day is about. …
“We encourage everyone to come out,” said Thompson. “It is justas important for men to learn about Equality Day as women.”
The Women’s Center hopes that people learn more about women’ssuffrage and Equality Day, and have fun at the same time.
“I want people to walk away with a sense of responsibility tovote,” Thompson said.
On Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day will be held on Belknap Campusfrom 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. “Iron Jawed Angels” will be shown inthe Floyd Theater (located on the third floor of the SAC) at 6:00p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the U of L Women’s Center at (502)852-8976, or check out the website athttp://www.louisville.edu/provost/womenctr.