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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published October 12th 2015
If Men Can Fight For Their Freedom, Why Can't Women?
suffragette, film review

Underneath every woman is a suffragette. Fortunately for us there is now little need for her to emerge. We still have to fight for equality with men, but it is no longer necessary to smash windows, blow up post boxes, and bomb buildings. In 1913 it was a whole other story - one long overdue to be told. It was worth the wait though. Suffragette was released in Britain on the 12th October 2015, 143 years after the Women's Suffrage Movement started in the UK. Written by Abi Morgan and directed by Sarah Gavron, the film stars Carey Mulligan as the fictional Maude Watts.

Maude works all the hours God sends at washhouse, under a misogynistic boss who thinks it is perfectly acceptable to grope woman he likes the look of. The only joy in her life comes from her young son, George, who thinks the world of her.

At first Maude appears meek and submissive, but after she gets caught up in a scuffle started by a group of protesting suffragettes, she develops a burning fire in her belly. Roused by real-life the heroines, Edith Ellyn (Helena Bonham Carter), Emily Davison (Natalie Press), and Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maude enlists for the cause in a fight to win the vote.

Maude finds new meaning to her life, and a comradeship she never had. However, fighting for the cause does not come without its sacrifices. Humiliated, shunned from the community, and imprisonment is just the beginning, but the voice of Woman cannot be silenced.

Suffragette is an outstanding must see film that does not shy away from the gritty truth about what women had to face in the battle for the vote and equality. It is eye-opening, heart-wrenching, inspiring, and brings history to life in the most vivid way.
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Why? Gain a greater understanding of the suffragette movement
When: From 12th Oct
Where: Cinemas
Your Comment
I'm keen to see this. As you say I had heard it doesn't shy away from the gritty truth so I'll pick my day.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7411) 1499 days ago
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