According to the film, Blanche Ames came from a long line of strong women and powerful men–two generals and a popular Shakespearian actress. Blanche wanted more than what the Victorian era promised young women and she knew she was destined for greatness. Below is an excerpt from the documentary website:
“Beginning with a speech she delivered to President McKinley as president of her class at Smith College (class of 1899), Blanche Ames became a leader of the woman suffrage movement in Massachusetts. She used her talents as an artist to create pro-suffrage political cartoons that both inspired and enraged. President Taft responded personally to one of her cartoons. Later, Blanche would turn her attention to reproductive rights, becoming the first president of the Birth Control League of Massachusetts in 1916. She eventually split with Margaret Sanger over the issue of eugenics.
Blanche Ames took on society’s elite, the Catholic Church, even her in-laws while advocating for women’s rights. She chose a partner, Oakes Ames, who was not related, though they shared the same last name. Oakes Ames was equally dedicated to women’s rights. Together, the couple wrote, drew, rallied, and organized, all while raising four children at their home called Borderland, now a Massachusetts state park in North Easton, Massachusetts.”