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“suffragette” movie review and san diego ticket giveaway
Every time I hear the word “suffragette,” I can’t help thinking of Mary Poppins, and Jane and Michael’s mother, Winifred, leading an impassioned chorus of women in “Sister Suffragette.”
It’s taken me many years to appreciate the inclusion of that important bit of history in the classic Disney movie, and it wasn’t until the 2008 Presidential election, when women were going to be so vital in deciding the leader of our country, that I started researching the real suffragettes and what it cost for women to finally get the vote.
The more I read about these heroines, the more I wanted to cry — not just because of the horrific sacrifices they made but because of the shocking number of women who disrespect them today by not taking advantage of their hard-earned right to vote.
So I was eager to see Suffragette, the new movie in which Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep star as unlikely activists fighting for women’s rights in Britain the early 20th century.
Frustrated and realizing that civil disobedience isn’t working, these passionate working women start smashing windows and blowing up mailboxes. They meet in secret and protest in public.
The sacrifices some of them make are tragic.
And that’s why, despite the fact that the movie is often a bit heavy-handed and is definitely grim, it’s a must-see for every woman in this country because it will remind you why it’s so important for you to vote. If it was important enough for these suffragettes to risk their lives and families for — and important enough for acting royalty Streep to step in for a cameo as militant rabble rouser Emmeline Pankhurst — it seems inexcusable not to just go fill out a ballot. Or, even easier, just mail it in.
Although, obviously, women did finally win the right to vote, the story, unfortunately, doesn’t end there. What may be most depressing about Suffragette is that we’re still fighting many of the same battles today: equal pay, sexual harassment, childcare, work conditions, the list goes on. And, let’s not forget that the ERA has still not passed — which is disgraceful in the year 2015.
So please grab your friends, your daughters, your nieces, your students and see Suffragette. Then head over to FightsNotOver.com to see how you can make a difference in the fight for equality.
And, if you do nothing else, please be sure to vote. You can register to vote here.
Note: If you live in San Diego and want to attend an advance screening of Suffragette on Tuesday, November 3, please click “like” on this post and leave a comment below, saying, “I live in San Diego and want to see Suffragette.” Your tickets will be emailed to you.