New documentary highlights women who made history, yesterday and today

The mood at Mt. Hope Cemetery on Election Day in 2020 was noticeably different from what it was four years earlier, when more than 10,000 people walked past the grave of Suffrage Leader Susan B. Anthony.

On November 8, 2016, many Americans believed they would elect the first female president of the United States. “People were celebrating like it was a party,” said filmmaker Linda Moroney.

In his new documentary, “Women and the vote“Airing tonight at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, Moroney pits the hope felt by Hillary Rodmam Clinton supporters in 2016 against the tension of 2020, when President Donald J. Trump was running for a second term.

The film takes viewers to five New York State cemeteries on Election Day 2020, where voters reflect on the sacrifice of suffragists who fought for women’s rights and weave historic photographs and legacy reminders. suffragists.

The documentary is part of a larger project collect and share information on New York suffrage activists up to 1920, when the 19th Amendment was passed, and beyond.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with Linda Moroney.

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