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Suffragette – an unmissable movie 🎬

October 23, 2015

Imagine a world where women had no rights whatsoever. A world where women couldn’t vote, couldn’t have high ranking jobs, could not have any say in the upbringing of their own children. A world where men believed the best place for a women was cooking, cleaning or doing everyday mundane tasks under the watchful eye of a man. 

This world where women were second place in everything was not that long ago in the United Kingdom, and even closer in a lot of other countries around the world.

  

The movie ‘Suffragette’ is about the fight women fought in the UK almost 100years ago to gain the right to vote. Suffragettes were members of women’s organisations in the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly refering to militants in Great Britain such as members of the Women’s Social and Political Union.  The WSPU (Women’s Social & Political Union) was set up by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903. 

Emmeline Pankhurst

Suffragette is a movie about Emmeline Pankhurst’s movement in the UK with the main focus of the excellently told story based around a working class washerwoman and young mother named Mrs Maud Watts. A fictional character with a heartbreaking yet totally awe inspiring story. 

Maud Watts is played by Carey Mulligan, who not only depicts the character extremely well, at times I felt as if I was watching a real life documentary, not a movie, about the Suffragettes. Maud is a hard working washerwomen, having been doing the same job since the age of seven, the same job as her mother before her, with no rights whatsoever. She then joins the women’s movement much to the disgust and anger of her husband and neighbors. We watch as Maud is drawn into the movement and meets many of the leading suffragettes in her quest for a more egalitarian society. She is beaten, imprisoned on several occasions, loses her dearest only child, but continues to fight for this cause.

Meryl Streep plays the role of Emmeline Pankhurst, her screen presence is short yet tremendously powerful. The other suffragettes are also very well cast, Helena Bohnam Carter plays her role very well, a strong woman fighting for what she believes in.

  
An overall amazing movie which every woman and man needs to see. My friend and I left the movie in tears, these were not just tears of sadness over all the suffragettes had to go through, but tears of joy for the gift they gave us all, and tears of anger for what those poor women had to endure. The result of all their pain was the gift of freedom for all women today.

The movie leaves us all in thought. Did you know what years other countries around the world gave women the right to vote? Here are the facts we were left to ponder over at the end of the movie, really makes you think.

1893 New Zealand

1902 Australia1

1906 Finland

1913 Norway

1915 Denmark

1917 Canada2

1918 Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia

1919 Netherlands

1920 United States

1921 Sweden

1928 Britain, Ireland

1931 Spain

1934 Turkey

1944 France

1945 Italy

1947 Argentina, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan

1949 China

1950 India

1954 Colombia

1957 Malaysia, Zimbabwe

1962 Algeria

1963 Iran, Morocco

1964 Libya

1967 Ecuador

1971 Switzerland

1972 Bangladesh

1974 Jordan

1976 Portugal

1989 Namibia

1990 Western Samoa

1993 Kazakhstan, Moldova

1994 South Africa

2005 Kuwait

2006 United Arab Emirates

2015 Saudi Arabia

These facts are definitely thought provoking. I’d like to leave you all with the words of Emmeline Pankhurst herself which I think explains the whole suffragettes movement perfectly,

“I would rather be a rebel, than be a slave.”

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