Hays County LWV To Host Suffrage Centennial Celebration

The League of Women Voters of Hays County will host the Suffrage Centennial Celebration to celebrate the 100 years since women gained the right to vote.

The program includes a special screening of Iron Jawed Angels, the story of suffragettes and suffragists. The celebration will occur from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Wimberley Playhouse.

Besides the film, a few of the Texas suffragists who struggled to gain the right to vote will be brought to life through brief readings. 

The so-called “Iron Jawed Angels” were a group of “passionate and dynamic” young women, led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and her friend Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor), who put their lives on the line to fight for American women’s right to vote. Other notable women who take a far more conventional approach, including Carrie Chapman Catt (brilliantly played by Anjelica Huston), take part in the ultimately successful struggle for women’s right to vote.

Wimberley resident Larry Catt is related to Carrie Chapman Catt. During his childhood, however, his parents and grandparents refused to talk about Carrie Chapman Catt and the family connection and only in the current generations have they embraced the relationship.

To purchase tickets, visit www.wimberleyplayers.org, click on TICKETS in the top menu, and select the event. Signing up or logging in is required to complete a transaction online. Tickets can also be ordered by phone by calling the box office at 512-847-0575. Seating is general admission. The price is $27 (or $30 including tax and fees).

Ticket sales will benefit the LWV of Hays County. Wine and other food and beverages will be available at the concession window and will benefit the Players.

Attendees are invited to dress in the spirit of the times (the WWI era). A centennial celebration is a rare event. 

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