As I near the very first Presidential Election that I will be old enough to vote in, I find myself being thankful for that simple right to vote. I think many of us, women in particular, overlook the struggle that powerful and dynamic women before us fought for that right to vote. Well, now we have a movie to remind us.
Suffragette is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring film, directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron and written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, is inspired by the early-20th-century campaign of the Suffragettes, who were activists for Women’s Suffrage – the right of women to vote. The cast includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, Golden Globe Award nominee Brendan Gleeson, British Independent Film Award winner Anne-Marie Duff, BAFTA Award winner Ben Whishaw, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep.
Much like the “Sister Suffragette’s” we grew up watching in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins, they are a peaceful and passionate group. The time is 1912. The U.K. is seeing an increased public presence of the Suffragettes, whose rallying cry is “Votes for Women!” Their efforts at resistance over the years have been passive, but as the women face increasingly aggressive police action, they engage in public acts of civil disobedience endangering property – but never human life.
I know I am excited to learn more about the fierce battle they waged for their – and our – right to vote. So I am definitely going to go see this movie. And when Election Day rolls around next year and I get to vote for our next President, I will have those women to thank.