As a woman watching Suffragette I was filled with an array of emotions… Sadness, sympathy, empathy, anger, frustration, disgust. None of which were directed at the film itself which was, in my opinion, a tasteful adaptation of the suffragette movement; showing just enough to portray the events factually without being too grotesque.
The main protagonist Violet Miller, played by Anne-Marie Duff, wonderfully depicted a young, hard working mother at this time. Illustrating her conflicts between being what society deemed to be a good wife, mother, woman, and standing up for what she believed in… fighting for her rights!
Feminism gets a bad name and is constantly mocked, even in todays society. The scary thing is that it’s not just men who are doing it. Women coil away from the word, profusely denying any involvement in such a man hating vulgar movement. Well let me ask you this…
Do you believe that all humans are equal? Do you think men and women in the same role should be paid equally? Do you think that you, as a woman, should have the right to decide what happens within the country you live in? Something that will directly affect you?
If you answered yes to these questions then you my dear, are a feminist! (regardless of gender) and if you answered no… then you are probably in the wrong place.
The film, Directed by Sarah Gavron, shows the struggle that women went through so that us girls can live our lives the way we do! Everything I have accomplished, all that I am able to do now, I owe to these brave women who were not afraid to fight for what they believed in. Sacrificing for the greater good. This is nothing to be mocked!
I guarantee that you will leave the cinema feeling empowered! Witnessing the union of these powerful women, making a change, not backing down because they know what they deserve gives you a real sense of fulfilment. You feel like you are right there with them and almost want to stand up in your seat and shout YES! GO ON GIRLS! (but of course you don’t as this will probably lead to you being removed.) This movie shows that everyone can have a voice and that sometimes you have to make noise in order to be heard! As Emmeline Pankhurst declares “I would rather be a rebel than a slave!”
However, I cannot guarantee that you won’t leave the cinema still a little frustrated, as it is evident that although we have come on leaps and bounds, us women still have a way to go.
Before the film started they showed the trailer for “He named me Malala”; the story of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who was tragically shot in the head for giving her opinion on education for girls, something we all take for granted! I cannot begin to express my disgust for this despicable event. Luckily this brave girl survived and is now an ambassador for human rights and education for women. She is also the youngest nobel prize winner!
This is just a small part of the struggle that women, especially in these countries, go through for equality and basic human rights. My friend and I were shocked to learn that Saudi Arabia is only just considering votes for women this year!
It’s a harsh reminder that we should never give up the fight. I’m not suggesting we brick buildings or burn our bras, just to stand up for our rights and realise our self worth!
With all this said and done I would highly recommend the film! Clearly you can see from my post that it is a thought provoking movie and not one that should be taken lightly. The acting, the concept, the direction all work in union to create a masterpiece of female empowerment and history.
If you get a chance to catch the film please let me know your thoughts! 🙂