This post is sponsored Focus Features and I will receive compensation. All opinions about the importance of suffrage and voting are my own.
Election Day was earlier this week, did you vote? The right to vote is something we take for granted, but it is one of the most important rights we have as citizens because it lets us determine how our government will be run. From now until Thanksgiving Focus Features is sponsoring the 19 Days of Suffrage, to honor the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which granted women in the US the right to vote in 1919 and to celebrate the new movie Suffragette. Here is a clip where where celebs such as the Suffragette filmmakers and star Carey Mulligan talk about the first time they voted.
I remember the first time I voted, during my freshman year in college. Organizers at the school encouraged all the students to sign up and vote, and encouraged everyone to get out and vote. I still remember the old fashioned voting machines with the lever and the curtain that pulled across. Now I have two daughters who are old enough to vote, and I encouraged both of them to register and make their voices heard.
The powerful film Suffragette is being gradually released in theaters nationwide. This movie tells the story of the struggle for women’s rights in England, which was quite a bit more violent than the struggle in the United States.
The film has an all star cast which includes Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. I haven’t had the chance to see it yet because it is not playing in my town yet, but it is getting great reviews and gives an important message about freedom and democracy. And while it is a great history lesson it is also thought provoking, because it is easy to see connections to today, and discussions about the role of civil disobedience and inequalities that still exist in the world today.