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Suffragette Movie Quotes

Suffragette movie quotes give a fictional version of the true story of the late 19th century women's suffrage movement in a feature film. The historical drama was written by Abi Morgan and directed by Sarah Gavron. Suffragette opened in theaters on October 23, 2015.

In Suffragette, the story of Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), one of the foot soldiers in the women's suffrage movement in England, is featured. Maud spent her life working laborious jobs during the day while caring for her husband (Ben Whishaw) and son at night and following the laws governing her world, despite not having any say in them. Like many others at the time, Maud grew tired of this and joined together to protest their lack of involvement in the political process.

Along with Emily Davison (Natalie Press) and Edith Ellyn (Helena Bonham Carter), and inspired by the leadership of Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud joined the suffrage movement, first through peaceful protests. But when the men in charge (including Brendan Gleeson and Samuel West) fought back, arresting the women and taking away their children, their movement was forced to go underground and become violent. Despite the setbacks, the women only became more intent on seeing their movement through and giving women the right to vote.

Suffragette opened alongside other great fall 2015 films such as The Last Witch Hunter, Bridge of Spies, Goosebumps, and The Martian.
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    Defy This Government!

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    Emmeline Pankhurst: For 50 years, we have labored peacefully to secure the vote for women. We've been ridiculed, battered and ignored. Fight to secure the vote for women. Defy this government.

    Speaking to the women outside her building, Emmeline, the original feminist activist, empowers those in the movement to persevere. The words are cherished and breathe new life into the women right when they need it.
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    Deeds, Not Words

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    Maud Watts: You a suffragette, Mrs. Ellyn?
    Edith Ellyn: I consider myself more of a soldier. As Miss Pankhurts says, it's deeds, not words, that will get us the vote.

    Maud meets with Edith, a seasoned activist in the movement. Edith encourages Maud to take action for their cause, rather than sitting back talking about it. It's solid advice that pays off!
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    Weaknesses in Their Ranks

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    Steed: We've identified weaknesses in their ranks. We're hoping one of them will break.

    Thinking that what the women are asking for is ridiculous, Steed strategizes on how he and his team can split up the movement before it spreads. They want to find the weak links then exploit them.
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    You Work at the Laundry?

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    Benedict: You work at the laundry?
    Maud Watts: Part time from when I was seven, full time from when I was 12

    Maud is questioned about her work in the laundry. While she works just like men, she has no say in the laws that control her work life.
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