GGRWHC's Viewing of Suffragette Nearly a Sold-Out Event!
Recently, GGRWHC rented a theater to view the British film Suffragette. Over 100 people in the nearly sold-out space discussed the film afterward with GVSU British historian Gretchen Galbraith. An expert in women's history, Dr. Galbraith distinguished between factual and fictional elements of the film. Maud, the main character played by Carey Mulligan, is a “composite” of the many poor women who participated in the fight to win the right to vote in Great Britain. But other characters such as Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Meryl Streep, and Edith Ellyn are based on actual women who played pivotal roles in the British suffrage movement and also influenced radical American suffragists in the few years before the Nineteenth Amendment was certified here in 1920. . . .