Suffragette is not just any old film. It tells the story of one of the greatest political movements of all time.
The era has not been well documented on the big screen to date so I was intrigued to see how the new film would convey the story.
Carey Mulligan is Maud Watts, an East London laundry worker who tires of accepting her lot in life and joins the militant group of women led by Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Meryl Streep.
Coming into the film, we all know how the story ends so I didn’t expect to feel quite so affected by it. It was incredible to see just how far these women went to try and beat the oppression they had been enduring.
It was incredibly moving but I found myself feeling a bit fired up after it all began to sink in.
As the end credits rolled, a list of countries with the date women were granted the right to vote graced the screen.
New Zealand led the way back in 1893, Britain in 1928, France and Italy in the 40’s, India, Columbia and Malaysia in the 50’s, and Switzerland in 1971. It ended with the fact that Saudi Arabian women have been promised the right to vote and are waiting for the law to change.
This made me think that although we have come a very long way since the days of the Suffragettes, we haven’t really come far enough. Some women still don’t have the democratic right to vote and some are not permitted to drive. Across the world and even in this country, there is a gender pay gap with some women not earning the same as their male counterparts.
Almost 100 years after events in the film took place, inequalities still exist. I wonder how those women would feel about that if they were around today.