Guest Post – A Level Sociology student Maisy reviews Suffragette

Group of staff and students standing in student hub before they head down to the theatre to watch Suffragette. Left to right – Libby Hudson, Maisy, Laura W, guide dog Willis, Caecilie, Barry Morris, Sam, Danielle, Tosin, Kieran, Calum, Ali Straker

As part of the Sociology A Level course at RNC, a group of students and staff went to Hereford’s Courtyard theatre and saw the film Suffragette, with a pre-screening talk from a lecturer at Worcester University, about the history of women’s suffrage movements. The lecture was really informative and interesting, and was a good way to get to grips with the facts before the film.

 

The film told the story of a married woman called Maud, who worked at a laundry factory, and her observation and subsequent push for change at the way women were treated. From her reluctance to hand over her pay packet to her husband, which in those days was his property, to her fight to have custody over her son George, something again women had no right to, we saw her first suffragette protest and her change in motivation. I think that it was an accurate portrait of the way women were treated with so little respect and had no real voice in any aspect of their lives.

In my opinion it was a fantastic and moving film that truly made me very proud to know that those women risked and even lost their lives in order to create a fair place for their children’s children to live in. One of the highlights of the film for me was at the end, when it had a list of the many countries and the year that women got equal votes, some of them may come as a shock…

  • Australia and New Zealand 1896
  • Germany 1919
  • United Kingdom 1928
  • Mexico 1946
  • Switzerland 1971
  • And one of the most shocking figures, Saudi Arabia 2015!

 

I think it is important to remember that we live in a very privileged way and some people around the world still do not have the opportunities that we do in the UK. We must be thankful to these brave women for giving us the opportunities to own our own home, to keep the money we earn and have custody over our children. But most of all; vote in all elections and have a voice. All of these things women could not previously do as they were the duties of a man.

Sociology at RNC is a great course choice if this kind of thing interests you, Ali Straker, Sociology teacher says, “The point of Sociology is that you can develop critical awareness and observe the world around you with deeper understanding. It will teach you not to take information at face value by learning to interpret and challenge things.”

 

A Level English teacher Libby Hudson thought the theatre trip was a good opportunity to reflect on the rights we have as women, saying, “I thought the lecture was very good, I consider myself quite well up on history but I feel that I learned something new. I think it also outlined the importance of using your vote, and if one person, who previously wouldn’t vote, will go away and use their vote, it has been successful.”

The students all enjoyed it too; it was good to see not only a good group of women on the trip but some of the male population at RNC. Another Sociology student, Kieran said “I didn’t know a lot about that time, so it was very informative and interesting. I also had no idea that the women were so violent in their demonstrations!”

 

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