To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March Where West Begins are screening Suffragette and hosting a Power of Women POW panel Women’s Leadership in our Community at Wincanton Town Hall on March 8th at 6.30pm.
If you haven’t seen the 2015 film, Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron, written by Abi Morgan, and starring Carey Mullighan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, and Marie-Ann Duff, then this is a must. It is also the centenary of women’s suffrage so all the more reason to see this now.
As Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian put it at the time (awarding it four stars) “Suffragette is a tart reminder to those who are casual about democratic gender equality that votes for women were not something that naturally evolved due to the ruling class’s innate decency; they had to be fought for. A startling list of statistics over the final credits gives the staggeringly recent appearances, and indeed non-appearances, of women’s suffrage around the world.”
As well as the film, Lynne Franks, who as just been awarded an OBE for her services to women, will be launching her POW series – Power Of Women – with a panel on Women’s Leadership in the Community. Lynne will be chairing a panel of powerful women in our community discussing how we find it, how we exercise it, and how we can mentor younger women and our daughters to be leaders. Confirmed for the panel so far are Emma Slee, Editor of The Western Gazette, and Faye Purbricke, Conservative Councillor for South Somerset District Council, with two more to follow from the Wincanton community.
Where West Begins will be launching a mentoring scheme for young women at this event, so come prepared to put your name down to mentor girls and young women to find their power and equal rights in the workplace and at home.