The Great War (World War I) era
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"Iron Jawed Angels"
resin kit made in USA
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|MMW54039||"Iron Jawed Angels" Women's Suffrage Movement, Washington
DC, August 1918; Alice Paul & Lucy Burns 54-mm scale resin kit, figures
sculpted by Stephen Malia, box art by Ric Fenner. Kit includes two
figures, black wrought iron fence, brick wall, scenic base, paper fliers (as
shown in Alice Paul's left hand & discarded on base), and three signs
(including National Women's Party "colors" banner shown on left). Note
that clothing on both women represents World War I-era fashion, meticulously
researched (and brilliantly sculpted!) to insure historical accuracy.
Scene depicts both women outside the White House in Washington DC. Brick wall & fence modeled after the White House enclosure where the women
actually picketed President Woodrow Wilson in 1918 (and were subsequently
arrested!) Actual photos depicting the constant picketing of our
war-time President shown below. The "Kaiser" Wilson sign enraged many
& led to one of the women's many arrests & incarceration, as it hit on a
sign of the times as the US declared war on Germany. The young
suffragists conducted a hunger strike while in jail, and were force-fed with
the use of iron jawed-clamps, hence earning their nick-name. Late 20th
century studies of the passage of the amendment granting American women the
right to vote gives more credit to these young ladies in getting the law
Figures also available individually as shown below.
|MMW54040||Lucy Burns: "Iron Jawed Angels", Women's Suffrage Movement in USA, August 1918 54-mm scale resin kit sculpted by Stephen Malia, box art by Ric Fenner. Includes figure, sign, scenic base (as shown).||$14.99|
|MMW54041||Alice Paul: "Iron Jawed Angels", Women's Suffrage Movement in USA, August 1918 54-mm scale resin kit sculpted by Stephen Malia, box art by Ric Fenner. Includes figure, paper fliers, scenic base (as shown).||$14.99|
Brief history, additional kit description, & additional photos:
Alice Paul & Lucy Burns, suffragists, fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. Two defiant women were activists who broke from the mainstream women's-rights movement and created a more radical wing, daring to push the boundaries of political protest to secure women's voting rights in 1920. Although the protagonists have different personalities and backgrounds - Alice is a Quaker (from PA) and Lucy an Irish Brooklynite (NYC) - they are united in their fierce devotion to women's suffrage. In a country dominated by chauvinism, this is no easy fight, as the women and their volunteers clash with older, conservative activists, particularly Carrie Chapman Catt of the National Women’s Suffrage Association. They also battle public opinion in a tumultuous time of war, not to mention the most powerful men in the country, including President Woodrow Wilson . The women are thrown in jail, with an ensuing hunger strike making headline news. The women's resistance to being force-fed earns them the nickname "The Iron Jawed Angels." However, it is truly their wills that are made of iron, and their courage inspires a nation and changes it forever.
Alice Paul and Lucy Burns organize the Congressional Union, later known as the National Women's Party (1916). Borrowing the tactics of the radical, militant Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in England, members of the Woman's Party participate in hunger strikes, picket the White House, and engage in other forms of civil disobedience to publicize the suffrage cause.
Our figure scene depicts Alice & Lucy in the summer of 1918, picketing war time President Woodrow Wilson in front of the US White House (an unspeakable act in that era!) They were arrested under the charge of “obstructing traffic”, conducted a hunger strike in jail, and were force-fed by the authorities by use of an iron jaw clamp that was affixed to their faces. Their tactics eventually paid off, as the US Congress and Wilson finally passed the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1919, ratified in 1920.
The kit includes several signs, based on actual signs (as shown in photo), used by the National Women’s Party as they picketed the White House during the Great War, as well as a banner of their “colors” (see photos from the US National Archives below).
Alice Paul is depicted handing out fliers to rally their cause. Lucy Burns is holding the “Mr. President” sign.
Individual close-up photos included in vignette (click to enlarge):
Photos of the actual National Women's Party (courtesy of the National Archives) (click to enlarge):
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