It's a story about early American suffragettes. It stars Hillary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Anjelica Houston, Julia Ormond, Patrick Dempsey and many others. This story is fictionalized, but based in history. From the website, "Iron Jawed Angels tells the remarkable and little-known story of 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."
This movie needs to be shown in all high school government classes. It motivates me, and it would have lit a fire in my passionate high-school self. (Note: there are some graphic scenes in the jail portion.)
Aside from the message, I loved the film for the hats! Oh, such eye candy! And look for the tea references. I've tried to pull a few of the tea/hat snapshots to share here.
*Images from http://iron-jawed-angels.com/