The Frock Flicks staff has made it no secret that we’re staunch feminists, and we’re no fans of the orange menace occupying the White House right now. So we strongly encourage our fellow Americans to get out there and do your civic duty and vote in today’s midterm elections. A record number of women are on the ballot across our fair land, and the resistance has a chance at taking back Congress. Don’t sit this one out, folks!
As a reminder of why exercising your franchise is critical, check out a few frock flicks that tell the story of how we got here…
John Adams (2008)
One of the more nuanced looks at America’s founding fathers doing that whole revolution thing. Emmy Award-winning on multiple counts, including costume, for good reason.
Iron-Jawed Angels (2004)
80% of our readers are women — and we didn’t get to vote in the U.S. until 1920. In the U.K., some women over 30 got the vote in 1918 and all women over 21 got the vote in 1928. This was a hard-fought battle, so don’t take it lightly that you have the privilege today.
Of course, just because a law is passed in one era doesn’t mean it’s enforced equally everywhere for everyone. Martin Luther King Jr.’s protests in Selma, Alabama, helped get the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed to end racial discrimination in the voting process. Unfortunately, key parts of this legislation were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013.
Yep, I’m violating my own “if it happened when I was alive, it’s not a frock flick” ban. I vividly remember Harvey Milk’s assassination and the galvanizing affect it had on LGBTQ politics locally. He presciently said, “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” Never forget how easily our civil rights can be ripped away by narrow-minded forces.
Get off the computer and vote today, fellow Americans!