Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Coming Attraction: 'Suffragette' and Happy Women's Equality Day!

I was having a conversation with CC not long ago, and both of us were marveling at the fact that there was actually a time in this country when women couldn't vote.

It was strange and funny, because the thought of that seems so bizarre now, and CC was asking what year American women were finally able to cast a ballot. It was 1920, by the way, and today marks the 95th anniversary of the admission of the 19th Amendment — women's right to vote — to the U.S. Constitution.

That makes today Women's Equality Day! In case you'd like to dress for the occasion, the colors of suffrage are purple for dignity and ability, green for hope and white for purity.

My strong-willed, very opinionated 8-year-old daughter is just one of many modern young girls who can't fathom what it's like to be denied basic rights or even certain jobs because they're not men.

And it makes me so happy that those concepts are so foreign to her.

Taking a look back at that history, and the brave women who fought for that right, is "Suffragette," a film from Focus Features that hits theaters in Los Angeles and New York on October 23 before expanding across the country.

"Suffragette" stars Carey Mulligan as a working wife and mother who is secretly recruited to join the rising suffragette movement in the U.K. in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst, an outlaw fugitive who inspires the young women to action.

And to ring in this special day, take a look at the film's trailer, which will surely get you in the mood to talk Election 2016.

Because, whatever your politics, your voice deserves to be heard.

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