The movie Suffragette tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.
These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized 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.
Maud (Carey Mulligan) was one such foot soldier.
The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.
Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham-Carter will be fighting for a 2016 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for their costarring roles.