Suffragette: one film you don’t want to miss

Sitting on a flight from Scotland in her Girls Can Speak Out tshirt, Danielle waited to land in London and attend an exclusive pre-screening of Suffragette to represent Girlguiding. In this blog, she explores the nature of 'speaking out' - then and now

Danielle Freeman-Grantham
9 Oct 2015

It's so easy now-a-days to declare your political beliefs in the UK without fear of discrimination

So it seems extraordinary that women had to fight for the right to vote. The suffragettes in Britain fought for years to gain a right that most of us take for granted.

Now, people aren't surprised to see female politicians like Margaret Thatcher, Nicola Sturgeon, Mhairi Black and Natalie Bennet at the forefront of politics. Have we forgotten the women who fought for the ability for women to take a stance in politics?

This is why I truly and honestly adored Suffragette

The film not only depicted the timeline of the suffrage movement but also delved into a side of the movement that is often left out. Carey Mulligan portrays Maude Watts, a devoted mother and wife, who is thrown into the middle of the debate by accident and is hit the hardest.

She is arrested and assaulted by police and is shunned by her family and community. She is left with nothing, brutally treated and force fed but still continues her militancy to work towards the common goal. Her determination shows the spirit of the movement.

The film manages to connect you with Maude whilst being historical accurate. The costume design included authentic lapel pins, and the shocking scenes of the women's treatment in prisons and Emily Davidson's death were given the respect they deserved. The film tackled the questions modern historians are keen to find answers to.

The suffragette's legacy

When faced with a hard decision, Maude always turns to one question - what kind of world do I want for my daughter? The film alludes to the idea that the suffragettes were working towards a legacy. It's almost like the women knew that many of them wouldn't live to see them get the vote. But all their work is not for nothing, they are working for their daughters and their daughters' daughters.

When I think of my time in Girlguiding, I think of all the amazing opportunities I am given. I'm sure you will agree with me when I say we have these brave women to thank. Girlguiding programmes like the Advocacy panel keeps the suffragettes' legacy alive by giving girls the chance to speak up and make a change, just like the women before us.

Find your nearest cinema and get your ticket - this is one film you don't want to miss!