About this project
The most brilliant, beautiful iconic feminist you never heard of, Inez Milholland. She asked the same question we ask in 2016, though she asked it in 1916, “Mr. President, How long must women wait for liberty?”
• Beautiful and courageous, she embodied more than any other American woman, the ideals of that part of womanhood whose eyes are on the future. She meant the determination of modern woman to live a full, free life unhampered by tradition. Philadelphia Ledger, 1916
• A Superwoman, a rare radiant creature. The Women Lawyers’ Journal
• A brave and bold woman who used her brains to right wrongs and champion the unfortunate. Biographer, Linda Lumsden
• The Poster Girl of Radicalism.New York Times
• One of the greatest women we ever had in our movement. Alice Paul
• The Beauty of the Suffrage Workers. The Anaconda Standard
• It is feminine to faint under severe strain but it is also feminine to come back and finish the work at hand.The LA Times
• A headline making machine. Harriet Staton Blatch & Alice Paul
• SUFFRAGE MARTYR’S LIFE DEVOTED TO POOR AND OPPRESSED. Inez Milholland Boissevain from childhood worked for the downtrodden of either sex, age or color.The Sun , Dec 17, 1916
Her sister Vida sums up in Inez’s eulogy, “I am sure she does not want us to mourn her now but to hurry up and do something to make the world a better place.”
It is time you meet this woman who invested in our lives. It is time you know her name, finish the work at hand and do something to make this world a better place.
INEZ MILHOLLAND lived and died to tell us that it is not winning the vote, but CASTING THE VOTE.
Let us introduce you to INEZ MILHOLLAND ~ Forward into Light
ABOUT THIS FILM
This short documentary is a strong, artistic, accurate presentation of an American Amazon who would inspire today’s woman as much as she did 100 years ago. Inez Milholland broke convention with her enlightened conscience which was demonstrated advocating for gender equality, pacifism, racial justice, unions and free speech. Her dedication was emboldened with a degree from Vassar, NYU Law Degree and admission to the New York Bar.
She captured headlines and mesmerized audiences as she proved that voting rights appealed, not just to “brainy women,” but to all women, “ladies” and beauties as well. Most famously she led the 1913 Suffrage Parade on her horse, Gray Dawn, risking all as she rode directly into the masses of violent, disapproving men. White cape, gloves and a crown, Inez became the Suffrage Movement’s very own Joan of Arc, the national iconic figure for VOTES FOR WOMEN.
Overcoming her insecurity of public speaking, she evolved into the voice of suffrage. In 1916, at the request of the National Woman’s Party, Inez traveled across the country, giving 50 speeches in 24 days through nine Western states where women COULD vote. Never complaining, never hesitating, she collected herself, and rose to speak again and again.
Fighting through exhaustion, anemia, severe dental infections and persistent tonsillitis, she fell at the podium October 23,1916 at Blanchard Hall in Los Angeles. Her last public sentence, “President Wilson, how long must women wait for liberty?" With that emotional plea and clear statement, Inez fell from the podium, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where she died 30 days later. She was only 30 years old.
WHY TELL THIS STORY OF A SUFFRAGE HERO?
This is the story of the ongoing tragic erasure of Women: Women activists, Women artists, Women scientists, Women who want to rise and find their voice. This is the story of a young educated, wealthy, and beautiful woman who insisted that life was more than such gifts. In her words, “I am prepared to sacrifice every so-called privilege I possess in order to have a few rights.” She said those timeless words at the age of 23.
It is our intention to tell the story of Inez Milholland, to lift her into the light and shine that light into the modern lives of young women and girls across the country. Most Americans have never heard her name, her story, her influence. She is the one speaking today for unions, for immigration rights, for women ascending in professional careers, for equal pay, and certainly for young people to be involved in their Democracy. She calls us to not only know what it took to win the vote but also to honor her and ourselves to CAST THE VOTE.
When women know their history, we draw power and inspiration from those who came before; we excavate the invisible women and celebrate them.
Women’s history is women’s right—an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long range vision. Gerda Lerner, Pioneer of Women’s History
Martha Wheelock, director, producer, writer, and educator. Martha is passionate about women’s history and the need to bring women out of obscurity in order to inspire and empower others. All of her award-winning films have aired on public television channels.
• Creating films about women and women’s history for over 40 years.
• Her films are all cataloged at Ishtar Films.
• Co-founder of Wild West Women, Inc. a non-profit, educational film and media company, whose mission is to increase public awareness of women's achievements and their roles in history and to provide positive public images of women and girls.
• Among her films are;
California Women Win the Vote
Votes for Women
One Fine Day and Take the Power
Bernice Abbott: A View of the Twentieth Century
World of Light: A Portrait of May Sarton
Madeleine L’Engle- Star*Gazer
ABOUT THE FILM
INEZ MILHOLLAND ~ Forward into Light is under fifteen minutes. Every aspect was thoroughly researched and vetted. Created from photographs, newspapers, graphics and stock footage of the period. Its length is mindful of today’s audience including libraries, classrooms and public forums that offer Q&As. Branding, packaging and promotion will be educational as well. Lessons plans will be published on the film’s website for free download.
Distribution will be nation-wide and timely, as 2016 is a watershed year for voting on issues, decisions, outcomes and electoral seats, for women in particular . The DVD will be free plus shipping/ handling.
Assisting in distribution will be Voto Latino, The Southern Poverty Law Center, the League of Women Voters, NAACP, AAUW, BPW, VFA & NOW as well as educational institutions, community groups, historical societies. There will also be an active social media campaign promoting the film and calling for WOMEN TO CAST THEIR VOTE. We will be available for public screenings and can assist those who want to do public or small group screenings.
The National Women’s History Project is our strong sister in this overall vision. They are currently creating a National 2016 Centennial Celebration of Inez’s US tour and tragic early death, the founding of the National Women’s Party, with focus on encouraging women to CAST THE VOTE. The NWHP campaign will include the use and promotion of the film, Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light.
Kickstarter Budget of $25,000 At its core, the mission is to create, distribute and donate this documentary to bring the life and legacy of Inez Milholland into the Light. This money will be used to do so. Funds raised over the initial goal will be spent to further the distribution and marketing of this film.
THE BUDGET INCLUDES :
• Final polish of the film with the addition of a few new scenes.
• Recording NEW music and a sound mix
• Branding, website, logo, headers, DVD label with matching cover and social media continuity
• 10,000 DVDs burned, labeled and shrink wrapped
• Social media manager across applications
• Creation of designs and products to enhance the national distribution of information about Inez Milholland.
• DVDs will be available with Spanish subtitles
• DVDs will be available with English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
RELEASE FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Expected Completion of Film – mid March, 2016 for Women’s History Month.
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Risks and challenges
As the film is very near completion, and is in the hands of an experienced filmmaker who has 40 years of documentary filmmaking and distribution, this film will be finished and sent out widely. Wild West Women is passionate about spreading women’s history and in celebrating the Right to Vote.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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