Friday, 2 September 2016



Suffragette is a 2015 British historical period drama film about women's suffrage in the United Kingdom in 1911-13
It is the first film in history to be shot in the Houses of Parliament.
The film shows how suffragette leaders were a product of their background

Plot Summary

A drama that tells the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, 

women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and 

mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from 

the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful 

protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to

change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their 

, their homes, their children and their lives. 

History "dees no words"

The move for women to have the vote had really started in 1897 when Millicent 

Fawcett founded the National Union of Women’s Suffrage. “Suffrage” 

means the right to vote

If parliament made laws and if women had to obey those laws, then women 

should be part of the process of making those laws

in 1903 the Women’s Social and Political Union was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst and 

her daughters Christabel and Sylvia. 

The Union became better known as the Suffragettes. Members of the 

Suffragettes were prepared to use violence to get what they wanted.

However, Britain and Europe was plunged into World War One in August 1914. 

In a display of patriotism,Emmeline Pankhurst instructed the Suffragettes to 

stop their campaign of violence and support in every way the government and 

its war effort. The work done by women in the First World War  was to be vital 

for Britain’s war effort. In 1918, the Representation of the People Act was 

passed by Parliament.


Emmeline Pankhurst

The real-life character of Emmeline Pankhurst, portrayed by Meryl Streep, appears in Suffragette. Though Pankhurst is seen on screen for just a few minutes, she's a symbol of inspiration for many of the film's characters — just as Pankhurst inspired suffragettes in real life.
In 1903, when she was a 45-year-old widow, Pankhurst founded the WSPU, whose slogan became "deeds not words." In her work for the group, she gave speeches that encouraged militant action. She declared in 1913, "Militancy has brought woman suffrage where we want it, that is, to the forefront of practical politics. That's the justification for it."
Between 1908 and 1914, Pankhurst was imprisoned 13 times. She would be released after going on hunger strikes, but the police pursued her again once her health had recovered. This cycle only ended with the advent of World War I, when Pankhurst directed WSPU members to support the war effort. In 1918, after the war, Pankhurst was pleased to see women granted limited suffrage.



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