Modern suffragettes – level 3

12-10-2015 15:00

A century after the original suffragettes made the headlines for their protest for women’s rights, the same scenes are being replayed, but this time on the red carpet.

Whilst the A-listers spoke to the media about the release of their new film, 10 women threw themselves onto the floor in London’s Leicester Square. This time, in protest of modern day causes – calling on for greater support for victims of domestic violence.

They shouted, “David Cameron take note, dead women can’t vote.”

Those involved in the new film also passed comment on the demonstration.

“It’s really, really poignant; I think it was before and it is now. I think, you know, I think, hopefully, it inspires everyone in terms of the way that they view the world. We’re an imbalanced society at the moment, and films like this sparking conversations about how we can correct that balance is a great thing.”

“It does feel very fitting that on the opening night of ‘Suffragette’ people, are protesting for their own cause!”

“I thought it was rather wonderful, actually, I thought it was in the spirit of the “Suffragette”, obviously, it’s an incredibly important movement in what they’re trying to do, so I think she would have approved, Emmeline Pankhurst, actually.”

While security attempted to remove the protestors, their efforts seemed only to highlight just how powerful the meaning of this protest became.

Difficult words: suffragette (a woman who tried to gain the right to vote for women in Britain and the USA in the early 20th century), A-lister (a person who’s on the A-list – who’s a VIP), poignant (making you feel sad or full of pity), spark (to start quickly), attempt (to try), efforts (an attempt to do something).



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