Celebrate dignity, hope, and purity on Women’s Equality Day on August 26th!
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As a woman raised and surrounded by strong, confident, capable women, I am now on the other side, trying to mirror the same qualities to my three daughters. I have a deep appreciation for the obstacles, circumstance, and bias women face around the world. I strive to celebrate women every day, but August 26th is special, as it’s Women’s Equality Day. This day marks the 95th anniversary of the admission of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, finally giving women a voice and the right to vote.
The Focus Features film, “Suffragette” (due for release on October 23, 2015), is inspired by true events.This moving drama explores the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives. Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing Suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow Suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women’s civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation.