In late 19th and early 20th century, the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state in the quest for equal rights.
Factual Mistake When the suffragettes are within the Central Lobby of the Houses of Parliament, several railings can be viewed on the windows in the background. These were not added to the windows until 1917, 5 years after the film is set, in tribute to the suffragettes who chained themselves to them in 1908. The railings used to be situated in the Ladies Gallery of the Commons but were removed so as to prevent similar political protests at the time
The stars of the film continued giving interviews and meeting fans as the activists chanted "Dead women can't vote" and "We are suffragettes". Interviewed at the premiere, Helena Bonham Carter said: "I'm glad our film has done something. That's exactly what it's there for," adding that the protest was the "perfect" response to the film
At the London premiere, feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut jumped the barriers and staged a lie-in on the red carpet to protest against cuts to domestic violence services, declaring "the battle isn't over yet"
Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, and her daughter Laura have small roles in the film
Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote, was born and raised in Moss Side, Manchester England. In 1999, Time Magazine named her as one of the top 100 most important people of the 20th Century
This was the first film that was allowed to be shot in the British Houses of Parliament since the 1950s
Helena Bonham Carter is the great-granddaughter of H.H. Asquith, who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916, during the height of the suffrage movement. He was a staunch opponent of votes for women
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