This post is directed mainly to my ladies and fellow members of the sisterhood (which I suspect will be most of you…although if there are any men-folk who like to read my blog about weaving and nail art, then welcome and high-fives to you!). I just saw Suffragette and I have a lot of feelings about it.
It’s not that the idea of feminism and the Suffragette movement is new to me. Certainly I was somewhat aware of the Suffragette movement and womens’ fight to win the right to vote, and I consider myself a feminist. I am overjoyed by the increasing number of robust feminist conversations I see happening on social media, the calling out of the rampant sexism in Hollywood and the entertainment industry and I aim to be part of the brigade of ‘feminazis’ who call people out on instances of casual sexism. As you can imagine, I am no fun at parties. (Just kidding, I don’t go to parties #introvert #netflixandcraft). But actually seeing the fight of the Suffragettes represented so well on screen (it’s a great movie, and I mean, Meryl, Carey and Helena. If you didn’t already have a lady crush on at least one of these women, what are you even doing?), really made some things hit home for me.
Of course, many elements of the film were fictionalised, however from what I can tell, much of the film was based on real events, and real testimonials from women of the time. Seeing the personal sacrifices that these women made for their cause, and ferocity with which they fought left me feeling completely in awe and inspired (not to mentioned horrified at the way history has treated women).
After seeing the film, I couldn’t help thinking ‘these women did this for me’. Of course, I don’t mean me specifically, but they fought for their daughters, for the women to come after them, and for themselves, and after the seeing the film, I was able to connect with that more than I have ever been able to before. I knew intellectually that women and fought for their right to vote, but now I feel something different. I feel completely grateful and connected to connected to my fellow ladies of the past, present and future. We are a diverse, powerful, incredible team. Women’s rights still have a long way to come (as evidenced by the slightly gob-smacking list of the dates that women in various countries were given the right to vote that comes at the end of the film), but we wouldn’t be where we are today without women such as those depicted in the film, and I feel more inspired than ever to keep fighting for the cause.
If you’ve seen Suffragette I’d love to know your thoughts. I now also have a ravenous appetite to learn more about these women and their fight, so if anyone can recommend any books on the Suffragette movement (in any country…or any great, empowering lady-books for that matter), please do let me know in the comments.
Well. That was a bit of a change of pace from my usual posts about weaving and craft, but thanks for sticking with it. Now, who’s for a group hug followed by a session of smashing the patriarchy?