Last century this time, women didn’t have the right to vote. In this upcoming feminist film, destined for classrooms across North America, Suffragette highlights some important early steps in the fight for equality.
While voting rights and equality are not the same thing — the symbolism is derived from the struggle and victories from the fight of achieving something that looks a little more like justice. And the right to vote for women was a step in a better direction.
Though the film starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep as London suffragists has already received some backlash for its white-feminist narrative — the movie is still worth watching. The film, while flawed for its choice of historical omissions (prominent suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh who marched alongside Emmeline Pankhurst in 1910) and lack of any other race representation — the movie is impressive, powerful and good for white feminism (not especially good for intersectionality).
With its opening scene in London, 1912, Suffragette follows working woman and mother Maud (Mulligan) as she realizes she must step up and fight for a better state of things at work and at home. Audiences are invited to watch Maud as she goes through a political awakening and an emotional evolution — she becomes a front-line activist — taking her part seriously as she fights for women’s right to vote.
Hollywood is flawed, we all know this. And while the filmmakers didn’t produce a perfect, super accurate movie — Suffragette is still a more important movie to watch than a lot of what’s out there (it’s relative).
So let’s talk about 5 Reasons you need to watch Suffragette.