“Equality” was a hot topic discussed among celebs, movie makers, directors and producers at the recent Suffragette Movie Premiere in Beverly Hills. In the hype of our presidential election, this movie could not have debuted at a better time. This film has inspired many to speak out about human rights!
The Suffragette film has brought women’s historic issues to life for a new generation. This drama retells the story of the early feminist movement in England. Women were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal patriarchy. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes. They were working women who had attempted a peaceful protest but achieved nothing.
Radicalization and turning to violence was the only route to change. They were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud (Carey Mulligan) was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is gripping, heart-breaking, and inspirational. The all-star cast includes: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst.
My fifteen year old daughter is very passionate about politics and considers herself a feminist. Clarissa was truly inspired by her interview with Director Sarah Gavron. “I want everyone to feel empowered and know how important it is to speak out.” Sarah discussed the importance of young woman and all women to know how hard the battle was to achieve the vote, the importance to use that vote, and to raise our voices for change.
“There are so many issues and hypocrisies nationwide and universally. There are also many unanswered questions…… Is America ready for the first woman president? Why are women still struggling for equality in the job place? Why are females still not given the vote or voice in other countries? There is still a horrific amount of violent sex crimes against women in this day and age, how can this be?” Clarissa was compelled to ask many of these questions on the red carpet.
Producer Faye Ward said, “We want to say to people, don’t be complacent, it’s important to be empowered, to use their voice, and to use that vote.” Producer Alison Owen said “Sixty eight million girls in the world that are still not allowed education. There are still many issues that need to be resolved.”
Raising girls in this day in age has obstacles and road blocks. As a mother, I want the best for my girls and have always encouraged them to educate themselves and follow their dreams. It is discouraging to think that after all their hard work and sacrifice, they will endure inequalities in their lives and careers. Recent employment statistics show women earn seventy eight cents to a dollar a man makes. Women of color are paid even less.
This movie will definitely raise awareness and will be an intense topic discussed at dinner tables across the country. Suffragette is an important film to watch and support. It is a vivid reminder why we should continue to fight for women’s rights nationally and worldwide. The Suffragette Movie can now be seen in select theaters!
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