What are your hopes and dreams for future generations of women? If you share your answer via Instagram, Focus Features, the studio behind “Suffragette,” will donate $1 to Equality Now, an organization dedicated to addressing violence and discrimination against women and girls worldwide. If you want to participate, simply post a photo of yourself on Instagram holding a sign with your #HopeforOurDaughters and include the hashtag.
Focus has released a powerful video encouraging people to participate, illustrating why campaigns such as #HopeforOurDaughters are so vitally important. Yes, women’s rights have come a long way; that much is undeniable. But what’s also undeniable — despite what MRAs and well-meaning ignoramuses may tell you — is that we still have a long way to go towards gender equality, and much further than many realize.
The video, which features a cameo from the film’s star, Carey Mulligan, shows girls being presented with facts about girls and women worldwide relating to child labor, education, literacy and more. They’re asked whether each fact was true in 1915 or is true in 2015.
The girls are stunned to discover that the past isn’t as far behind them as they’d believed. For example, women make up 70% of the population living on less than a dollar a day — in 2015. “We are equal, but for some weird reason we’re not seen that way,” one of the girls observes.
Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” chronicles a landmark moment in history — when (some) women got the right to vote in the UK. But, of course, this momentous achievement, and others like it, mark steps on the path to equality. Post your #HopeforOurDaughters to share what you think will help push the fight onward.
“Suffragette,” written by Abi Morgan and starring Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter, is in theaters now.