“Suffragette” is a chick flick you don’t want to miss. Gritty and intense, the film reminds us how hard women fought for the right to vote and how fortunate we are today to have so many ways to disrupt the world with our ideas—whether or not the traditional press is on our side.
Feminists today, ranging from Carly Fiorina to Amanda Marcotte, can spread their ideas through just one tweet. But women fighting for the vote in early-20th-century Britain weren’t so fortunate. “Suffragette” highlights the desperate measures women had to take to get their voices heard and the many times they were subject to arrest.
The film deals with the working-class women who helped fight for the vote, with a focus on the compelling main character, Maud.
Maud has worked at a laundry since she was 7 years old, putting up with being molested by her boss while a young girl. Laundresses are paid 13 shillings a week to a man’s 19 shillings even when they work more hours. Hearing about the fight for women’s rights is the first spark, but realizing that her voice will never be heard under the current law is what turns docile Maud into a flaming feminist.
Watching Suffragette reminds us how hard women fought for basic human rights—and inspires women to fight today’s feminist battles.
Read the full post originally published on Paradox
Paradox blog began as a way to give voice to those whose thoughts and ideas don't fit neatly into narrative. The misfits, the "in-betweens," the people who come under fire from every political front. We think a dose of sincerity goes further than all the hot takes in the world. We are a space where ideas can breathe, take on nuance, contain multitudes. http://theparadoxproject.org/about/