Votes for women!
Maud (Carey Mulligan) never considered herself a Suffragette. She's been working as a washer woman since she was seven. She's married to Sonny (Ben Winshaw) who at the beginning seems like an okay dude. They also have one son. She begins to notice more women joining the movement to secure women's rights to vote and for equal wages. Violet (Anne Marie Duff) catches her attention first, and when she accompanies her to speak, then ends up sharing her own testimony instead, Maud can't ignore it any longer. She's aided by Edith (Helene Bonham Carter) an educated nurse, and seemingly the only woman in this movie without an asshole for a husband. Emily (Natalie Press) and Alice (Romola Garai) round out the rest.
Carey Mulligan is magnificent in this film. It's a joy to watch her go from this timid woman to one who chooses to stand up, just a little more each time to fight for her rights. Even when men like Inspector Steed (Brenden Gleeson) try to silence her. Anne Marie Duff is also wonderful and really should be on the poster over Meryl Streep, who literally has one scene in this entire film. (Though it is a powerful one)
A film like this is so important, and I love the inclusion of a timeline of years when women could vote in various countries that plays right before the credits do. It's sad that things like this are still going on in the world, and even sadder that I still hear some of the arguments the men in this film make today.
The pacing is a bit slow, it plays as if it's a slide show, like it's checking off big events in Muad's life, and that's unfortunate for a film so important. It's a very grey and depressing, but that's exactly what this entire movement was about. These laws were and still are depressing.
Memorable Quote: "I'm just going to listen." - Maud (Carey Mulligan)