Julia Levy - Project VoiceScape

Project VoiceScape filmmaker
Julia Levy

It’s Women’s History Month again, and what better way to commemorate than with a short doc!

Julia Levy’s Project Voicescape short, The Fifth Star, examines the fight for women’s suffrage in Washington, a state that granted women the right to vote 10 years earlier than the ratifying of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The film reminds us about the historical political struggles that women have endured, putting them in a broader context of women in politics today.

Julia was inspired to make her film last summer, as the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Washington State drew near. Julia was surprised at how little coverage the anniversary was receiving in mainstream media, and wanted to make a documentary to reach out to teens like herself, who were unaware of the struggle for women’s suffrage.

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