Thursday 19 January 2017

Women have come a long way since '70s, but the job's not done

Niamh Gallagher

Published 11/10/2015 | 02:30

Feminist group Sisters Uncut staged a protest against cuts to domestic violence services at the premiere of Suffragette
Feminist group Sisters Uncut staged a protest against cuts to domestic violence services at the premiere of Suffragette

'Suffragette' the movie will hit cinemas across Ireland on Monday. In it, an all-star line-up of actresses including Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan represent the struggles of Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Davison and others - so many others - whose fight in the early 1900s for 'votes for women' finally led to the extension of the franchise to female voters.

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The movie centres on the life of Maud Watts, a fictional character who, after years working in a laundry, joins the struggle for women's suffrage. Maud's story is not glamorous but a real one, full of risk, pain and fear as she puts her determination to achieve women's voting rights ahead of the more personal concerns of family and work.

The movie comes at a time when it seems women are blasting ahead in business, politics, you name it.

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