Suffragette, due to hit screens on 12th October, follows the journey of working class Maud Watts, who becomes an active campaigner for the woman’s vote in 19th century Britain. It’s undeniable that this historic period drama film, based on the British suffrage movement, has caught the spotlight, raising issues of gender equality and women’s rights.
As the stars hit the red carpet on the start of the Suffragette promotional trail, we've rounded up some of the most empowering quotes from the cast themselves. And let’s not forget about those feminist protestors that stormed the red carpet, either…
1. Carey Mulligan (starring as Maud Watts) - 'A film role has to strongly represent some aspect of femininity, otherwise I’m not really interested in it.'
2. Helena Bonham Carter (as Edith Ellyn) - 'Not only did women not have the vote, but we had no rights, at all. We – and our children – were the property of our husbands and this is just 100 years ago.'
3. Meryl Streep (as Emmeline Pankhurst) - 'I am a rabid, man-eating feminist!'
4. Anne-Marie Duff (as Violet Miller) - 'As I get older, I want to draw on my experience to make roles better. I see that in the older women who inspire me – their experience makes them better.'
5. Romola Garai (as Alice Haughton) - 'I can only do something that my sister or my daughter, if I have one, could watch and feel positive about.'
6. Helena Bonham Carter - 'I’m glad our film has done something. That’s exactly what it’s there for.'
7. Carey Mulligan - 'People have asked us would you protest now, would you throw a rock?...And I keep thinking I wish I could. I would like to be as brave as that. For these women to do that tonight, I think it's awesome.'
We salute you, ladies!