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Hillary Clinton Teams With Spielberg on TV Adaptation of Women’s Rights Drama

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• August 1, 2018 12:17 pm

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Hillary Clinton will team with Hollywood director Steven Spielberg to executive-produce a television adaptation of a new book about the fight for women's suffrage.

Spielberg's Amblin Television has optioned the rights to Elaine Weiss' The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Released in March, the book details the difficult road to ratifying the 19th Amendment in 1920 and follows the activists who battled to give women the right to vote, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

It's not clear whether The Woman's Hour will be a limited series or a TV movie. According to the report, Amblin is approaching premium cable networks like HBO and Showtime, as well as streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu.

"At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box, and Elaine Weiss' unforgettable book tells the story of the female leaders who — in the face of towering economic, racial and political opposition — fought for and won American women's right to vote. Unfolding over six weeks in the summer of 1920, The Woman's Hour is both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for everyone, young and old, male and female, in these perilous times," Clinton said.

"So much could have gone wrong, but these American women would not take no for an answer: their triumph is our legacy to guard and emulate," Clinton added. "I am thrilled to be working with Elaine, Steven and everyone at Amblin Television on bringing this important project to audiences everywhere."

Weiss made it a priority to get her book in the hands of Clinton, who loved it and solicited the help of Spielberg, a longtime supporter of hers and other Democrats.

This marks the first time Clinton has been an executive producer.

She has remained in the public fray since losing the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, writing a book about her surprising defeat and establishing the super PAC Onward Together to boost progressives in 2018 and beyond. She has stated she is finished being a candidate for public office.

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