With Suffragette opening in Select Theaters October 23 it is time for a special sneak peek into what some women lost when they stood against the norm and fought for equal rights. It wasn’t all rainbow and butterflies. The suffering each woman endured was nothing short of humiliating. This powerful drama shares their story about how many of them lost everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain.
The stirring story centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing Suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow Suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women’s civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation.
Inspired by true events, Suffragette is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives. Take a moment and imagine that your child was ripped away from you because of your belief that all women deserved the right to vote. The feeling of loss and pain would radiate from your heart and the will to fight on would surly falter. Yet these women, who fought for a cause, continued on. Their lives were torn, trampled and stolen, but they drudged through it. Because of their bravery and determination, the world changed forever and gave women the right to vote.
Check out the sneak peek clip featuring Carey Mulligan and Ben Whishaw as they display one example of what women lost during their time of war. Heartache was not uncommon as women battled for their right to vote.
Suffragette stars Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. It was produced by Academy Award nominee Alison Owen and Golden Globe Award nominee Faye Ward. Suffragette is directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from an original screenplay by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan.