Hollywood was still in its infancy when Charlie Chaplin played a militant suffragette in a silent short poking fun at female vote-seekers. He wasn’t the first, nor would he be the last, to lampoon what were then-familiar characters to American audiences. But in 1920, U.S. women overcame decades of resistance and finally won the constitutional right to vote.
In the 100 years since, actors ranging from Shirley Temple to Betty Grable and Doris Day have portrayed suffragettes on screen; the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s paved the way for even more feminist roles on screen and off.
While some earlier examples are hard to find these days (sorry Temple and Grable fans), there are still plenty of viewing options for those who want to celebrate the centennial of American women getting the right to vote, Hollywood-style.