ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

The greatly-anticipated movie Suffragette premiered last night in London, attracting a slew of celebs who attended the opening night gala of the feature starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter.

If you haven't seen it yet, here is the trailer for the hard-hitting drama, which follows the story of the early feminist movement in England in the early 20th century:

Yet, it wasn't just excitement that descended upon London's Leicester Square last Wednesday night. In fact, a hoard of protesters chose the opening night to infiltrate the red carpet in attempts to make their voices heard.

Fifteen members from Sisters Uncut took advantage of the premiere to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence and cuts to women's services. Demonstrators waved banners before the stars arrived onto the red carpet, and held up signs with one reading "dead women can't vote." This was in reference to statistics that claim that two women every week die as a result of of domestic violence.

To make their point, many of the women jumped over the barriers and lay down on the carpet, linking arms and refusing to move.

One protester was overheard saying:

"We aren't going to move, we're the modern suffragettes and domestic violence cuts are demonstrating that little has changed for us 97 years later."

Within the group's manifesto, a list of demands includes the restoration of funding cuts, access to legal aid for women who are victims of domestic abuse, and the provision of safe and secure social housing for those too afraid to flee.

In honor of the characters in Meryl Streep's historical film, protesters also set off purple and green smoke, symbolic of the suffragette's Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).

And unsurprisingly, the movie's stars, which handle the subject of women's rights in Suffragette, were very supportive of the protesters' actions. For one, Helena Bonham Carter praised the group, claiming that they had the "perfect response." She continued:

"If you feel strongly enough about something and there's an injustice there you can speak out and try to get something changed. I’m glad our film has done something. That’s exactly what it’s there for."

And new mother Carey Mulligan shared similar sentiments, saying:

"Hopefully this film will inspire everyone in the way they view the world. We are an unbalanced society – women and men – and films like this inspire conversations about how we can correct that imbalance."



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