North Shropshire College (NSC) A level and Access students visited Oswestry’s local independent cinema ‘Kinokulture’ to watch a private screening of the recently released film ‘Suffragette’. The students are studying women’s rights and gender issues as part of their courses, the visit provided the opportunity for a really informative and poignant account of the development of women’s social and political rights.
The film charts the violent struggle for the right to vote and the activities of the Suffragette movement in the early 1900s as seen through the eyes of one working class woman, Maud Watts. From initial reluctance to join the campaign, the film charts the story of her increasing frustration and struggle with her lot in life and journey from working mother and wife to radical suffragette, eagerly attending the speeches made by leader Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Meryl Streep. The film showed the violent reaction of the police, legal system and government of the day towards the women, and the realisation by some that the achievement of the vote could only be secured by ‘deeds not words’.
AS History Student Karolina Kaszubska said ‘I really enjoyed the film; it was very interesting and informative. It showed a lot of the issues women faced. It was really good.’
History Course Leader, Jo Jones said ‘this was a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about the struggle for the right to vote in a moving, interactive way; both Access Humanities and AS History students study women’s rights and Sociology students explore gender issues on their course. We also discuss the representation of historical events in our lunchtime History Club, as part of a topic called ‘History and Hollywood’, and so it will be very interesting to consider how realistic the events depicted in the film were and discuss whether the militant actions of a few overshadowed the more peaceful, arguably more successful, methods employed by other groups in the period. Many thanks to Ruth at ‘Kinokulture’ for arranging the private screening.’
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