Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women's Fight for the Vote Screening

About the Screening

On August 26, 2020, the National Women's History Museum was hosted a screening and discussion of Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women's Fight for the Vote. This short documentary tells the story of how a 2,000-pound bronze bell became a celebrated symbol of the women’s suffrage movement. The creation of suffragists in Pennsylvania who were agitating for the right to vote, the Justice Bell helped rally support around the cause in the last crucial years leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The film screening was followed by a discussion with filmmaker Amanda Owen and Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States.

About Rosie Rios

Rosie Rios is the CEO of Red River Associates, a real estate consulting firm. She was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States where she initiated and led the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on the front of U.S. currency for the first time in over a century. Upon her resignation in 2016, she received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Rosie was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. Following her tenure, she was appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University with a focus on Millennials and Post-Millennials.

Rosie is a graduate of Harvard University and was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 384-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor. She currently serves on the board of American Family Insurance, Fidelity Charitable Trust, the Schlesinger Council at Harvard, the Advisory Committee for Artemis Real Estate Partners and was previously a Trustee with the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA). Most recently, she was appointed as a member of America 250, a Congressional Commission to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding in 2026. Her personal passion includes EMPOWERMENT 2020, an initiative that facilitates the physical recognition of historical American women. She remains active in real estate finance and is consulting on several transformational projects in the Bay Area under her “RESCUE” initiative: Real Estate for Socially Conscious Urban Empowerment.

About Filmmaker Amanda Owen

Amanda Owen

Amanda Owen is an author and an independent scholar of women’s history, specializing in the American women’s suffrage movement. She is a co- founder and the executive director of the Justice Bell Foundation. With a background in social work and a 25-year practice as a consultant, writer and speaker, Owen has been presenting lectures and workshops since the mid-90s.

Owen is currently writing a book about the Justice Bell's role in the American women's suffrage movement.

Praise for Finding Justice

"What an interesting story! Symbols matter. The forgotten story of the Justice Bell affirms the importance of the campaign to win the vote for women as well as the ongoing need to document and honor women's history." — Susan Ware, author of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

Finding Justice tells the inspiring story of a forgotten grassroots movement of Pennsylvania women fighting to gain the right to vote. This film helps us learn and appreciate the history of the brave women who insisted on their full citizenship.”  — Alison M. Parker, author of Articulating Rights: Nineteenth-century American Women on Race, Reform, and the State and Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell