Wild West Women is proud to announce it’s new YouTube channel, Wild West Women Films.
At Wild West Women we make films about women, women who make history, make art, make a mark on our world. Our primary objectives are to increase public awareness of women’s achievements, to highlight their roles in history, and to provide positive public images of women and girls. We focus on films, art, productions, books and events concerning women’s issues, women’s history and women creators.
We are proud that our film work, which spans over 50 years, has bought buried history and artists to light. After decades of production and evolving media, Wild West Women is making all of our work publicly available. We are thrilled with the idea that teachers, students, curious people and all Americans will have easy access to our films. We look forward to hearing from viewers and inspired artists who want to join us in this engaging work of lifting women and girls in the world.
PBS Adirondacks Suffrage Centennial Video
Special events were held this summer to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage/ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. As our Jack LaDuke tells us, the celebrations paid homage to the Women’s Suffrage Movement and one of its heroes from here in the Adirondacks, Inez Milholland.
The film “Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote” will be featured at the New Hope Film Festival this summer on July 31. For more information about the film visit justicebell.org. Purchase the film for home use in our Film Collection.
New Hope Film Festival
July 31, 2021 at 12:00 Noon
New Hope Arts Center
New Hope, PA
Tickets on Sale June 15, 2021
Voices of Persistence: Filmmakers Behind Films on Inez Milholland and the American Suffrage Movement
In 1916 suffragist Inez Milholland went up against President Woodrow Wilson who, like many men of the time, saw the possibility of women voting as a threat. With one of the most important voting days in our lifetime right around the corner, I talk with filmmakers who’ve made both narrative and documentary films about Inez and her fight to make sure every American has the right to vote. Join me, Amy Walker, Jessica Graham, and Martha Wheelock.
In residence at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum
On August 26th, our Justice Bell replica made its official debut in a celebration and artists reception at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum in the Historic Landmark Building in Philadelphia where It had been in exhibition from August 12 to 25.
Our replica Justice Bell was made at the historic Traction Company in Philadelphia by sculptors Erin Addie and Gary Pergolini, alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Rob Roesch, world-renowned sculptor and Chair of the Sculpture Department at PAFA, oversaw the project. Although lightweight and made of a resin material, it looks like the real bell and is the same size. See details below.
Our Replica Justice Bell is going on tour in 2020!
The replica Justice Bell will visit schools in 2020 as part of our Justice Project Education Initiative and will also accompany our film screenings for “Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote.”
If you are interested in the replica Justice Bell traveling to your city, please contact us here Contact
Learn about all of our events, including our plans for 2020 here: Justice
As the 19th Amendment turns 100, three exhibitions in Washington explore the contentious — and unfinished — struggle for voting rights.
In the summer of 1919, shortly after Congress passed the 19th Amendment, the Smithsonian acquired a few relics from the nearly century-long struggle for women’s suffrage.
Susan B. Anthony’s red silk shawl and the table on which Elizabeth Cady Stanton had drafted the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 were among the donated items. A year later, after the amendment was ratified by the states and became part of the Constitution, theywere put on view along with some documents, teacups, brooches and other objects in a modest display bearing the offhand title “An Important Epoch in American History.”
Today, there’s a bit more excitement. The yearlong centennial of the 19th Amendment is being commemorated with exhibitions, parades, conferences and new historical markers across the country, many timed to various states’ ratifications of the amendment. And in Washington, three major exhibitions are now open at the National Portrait Gallery, the Library of Congress and the National Archives.
Together, these shows — all curated by women — make up one of the richest explorations of women’s history yet assembled in the capital, or anywhere else. But they also offer a lesson in the messiness, complexities and compromises involved in any movement for social change — and the fraught politics of historical memory itself.
Exhibits in Washington, DC
- Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute
March 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020
- Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote
Library of Congress
June 4, 2019–September 2020
- Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote
National Archives Museum
May 10, 2019 – January 3, 2021