Library of Congress

Shall Not Be Denied Introductory Film

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. The Library of Congress is marking the occasion with an exhibition dedicated to the suffragists who changed the course of American history. Shall Not Be Denied profiles their stories, strategies, struggles, and triumphs.

Upswell filmed, scored, and edited the introductory film at the exhibition entrance. The film introduces visitors to the motivations women had to fight their circumstances, excerpts from the Declaration of Sentiments, and key suffragists featured in the exhibit. Juxtaposing historical footage with a diverse group of contemporary women presenting this story creates a connection between the past and present — the topic of women’s rights was as relevant then as it is today.

View a sample of the film here.

Contemporary women reflect on the legacy of women's suffrage and those who galvanized the movement.

LOC AV1 Suffrage protestors burning a speech by President Wilson, 1918


  • Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote


  • Washington, D.C.


  • 2019



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    • Exhibition Design