The Reason It’s Called Suffrage

It should be noted that the suffragette women only resorted to violence after violence was inflicted upon them.

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Suffragette looks at the issue of women getting the vote in England through a tightly focused lens. While it doesn’t tell the whole story, it’s effective at telling what it does show.

The central character is Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), who works in a commercial laundry in London’s East End along with her husband Sonny (Ben Whishaw). Her world revolves around her child, her husband, and work, pretty much in that order. At first she has no place in her life for the struggle for voting rights. But when a coworker, Violet Miller (Ann Marie Duff) is invited to speak before a parliamentary commission, Maud decides to attend the hearing to support Violet. Violet show up on the appointed day with her face bruised from a beating by her husband, so Maud is drafted to make the statement. For the first time she vocalizes her thoughts about the world where…

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