Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames chronicles the remarkable life of a society woman who was determined to change American society. Blanche Ames wrote, marched, and organized. A talented artist and birth control maverick, she drew political cartoons in support of women’s suffrage that both inspired and enraged.   Her fiercest supporter was her husband Oakes, renowned Harvard botanist and president of the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage. Together, the couple worked side-by-side from the home they called Borderland to advance the rights of American women so a new society could be born.

We look at the battles of yesterday and the continued struggle today and celebrate the life of this unsung hero who accomplished so much. And yet, when Blanche Ames died in 1969, the headline of her obituary identified her as “Mrs. Oakes Ames, Botanist’s Widow,” as if her life’s work as an artist and activist were an afterthought—or worse, a wasted effort.

Blanche Ames knew differently, of course. Now, so do we.


THE TEAM:

Filmmaker: Kevin Friend is a videographer/producer/editor/director who has been creating cultural and social documentaries for the past 30 years, most recently co-producing the full length documentary feature Kings of Cape Cod and the award winning Sacred Ground. Kevin has also been lead producer/director/editor of over 110 episodes of two current television travel series: Golfing the World and The Mountain Report.

Writer: Kate Klise (kateklise.com) is a former People magazine correspondent turned award-winning author of more than 30 books for young readers. Klise first learned about Blanche Ames while serving as writer-in-residence for the Ames Free Public Library in North Easton, Mass. 

Executive Producer: William Ames, a distant cousin of Oakes Ames, has produced many historical documentaries. A resident of North Easton, Bill bring his enthusiasm, local knowledge of the Ames family and his expertise of many years in the investment business.