Story by Haley Brink, Staff Writer
Photo Courtesy of Suffragette
Suffragette came to theaters on October 23. It is a PG-13 rated drama based on Britain in the early parts of the 20th century. It starred Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter. Among others, the cast also included three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Suffragette was a monumental release due to the emotional connections that can be made by its viewers.
This heartbreakingly passionate film was inspired by true events that occurred during the fight for women’s suffrage. This movie covered the lives of those who risked it all for the right to vote, those people risked their entire lives for the chance to be equal.
Suffragette took place in Britain in the early 20th century and was based on a woman named Maud. Maud was an activist for women’s rights who fought along with women from all different aspects of life. She was a wife and mother, and she set quite the example for her family.
The movement for the right to vote for women had started and began rolling in the U.K. in 1906. Middle working class women–mothers and wives–started following and rallying Emmeline Pankhurst. Women over the age of 30 were allowed to vote in England as of 1918, and women over the age of 21 were able to vote as of 1928. For England, women quickly became the majority of voters.
Suffragette was amazingly drawn up. The trailer was epic, and the movie was definitely as good as it was said to be. If anything, “Suffragette” was even better than to be expected. It was amazing to see on the big screen how far people will go to support what they believe in.
This film was not just a made up story about some women who were sick of being thought of as nothing, it addressed questions that make one really think. The patriarchal way of life was blasted open as well as how the government fought to dry up the “problem”.
Suffragette was definitely not one of those films that takes a while to get into. Only a few minutes into the movie, you’ll know you stepped into a good one.
Through the hunger strikes, the bombs, and the funeral processions, this movie is the one to watch. It is sad, heartbreaking even, but it’s not without a cause. One moment you’ll have tears in your eyes, and the next moment, a smile on your face.
About the Writer…
Haley Brink is a Sustainable Business major with minors in communications and writing. She is passionate about the environment and how she can make an impact on the way people treat the world they live in. She someday hopes to learn to photosynthesize. She also enjoys attempting to recreate foods she finds on Pinterest.