22 March 2016
This is primarily the story of ordinary working class women who, as part of the early feminist movement, sacrificed a great deal in their fight for the right to vote. They were forced into illegal activities to achieve their aims, pursuing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.
These were not all women from the genteel educated classes, as is often believed, but working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality: their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives.
The story centres around Maud Watts, played brilliantly by Carey Mulligan. Her fight for dignity is both heart-breaking and inspirational.