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Speranza Premieres Film on Women’s Suffrage

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

At Speranza Theatre Company’s virtual premiere of its film “Votes for Women” last Sunday, many viewers learned for the first time about New Jersey-born Alice Paul, a leading figure in the struggle to extend voting rights to women.

Based on a play of the same name the Jersey City non-profit women’s theater company performed in parks over the summer, “Votes for Women” was filmed on location at the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel, the site of the suffragist’s childhood home.

Artistic Director Heather Wahl said the theater company decided to produce the play and film because “people hadn’t heard about our main character – ourselves included.”

The film shows Paul both as a 20-year-old activist (played by Joelle Zazz) organizing the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade and as an older woman (played by Gloria Lamoureux) retelling the story of the fight to expand voting rights through demonstrations, arrests, and the ratification of the 19th Amendment.


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