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Join the GGRWHC at showing of "Suffragette" followed by historian's perspective on film

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Following a special Nov. 20 showing of "Suffragette", a powerful historical British drama, GVSU women's historian Gretchen Galbraith will offer her perspective on the stirring fact-based movie.

You need to RSVP ahead of time for the special showing of the much-anticipated film, "Suffragette."

Tickets for this special Nov. 20 showing of "Suffragette" with commentary by GVSU women's historian Gretchen Galbraith sold out by Monday, Nov. 16, so Celebration North moved the event to a larger private theater to accommodate more viewers.

The film starts with a grim scene in London 1912 with Maud Watts, a fictional laundress played  by Carey Mulligan.

The film starts with a grim scene in London 1912 with Maud Watts, a fictional laundress played by Carey Mulligan.

Join us at a special showing Friday, Nov. 20 of the much-anticipated movie “Suffragette”, a powerful British historical period drama on the women’s movement, followed by a women's historian’s perspective on the painful yet fact-based scenes in the film that changed the course of British history.

Grand Valley State University women's historian Gretchen Galbraith will discuss the fact-versus-fiction elements of the stirring movie and how the women’s movement in England varied considerably in America in tone and tactics but both shared common goals.

Sponsored by the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, the film starts at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. at Celebration North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE. To obtain a $10 ticket, RSVP on this Eventbrite site:

The film starts with a grim scene in London 1912 with Maud Watts, a fictional down-trodden 24-year-old laundress played by Carey Mulligan who gets caught in a suffragette riot involving smashing windows. In a slow but steady transformation, Maud changes from a meek woman to a rebel, joining the early feminists willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early 20th-century Britain.

Forced underground, the inspiring story dramatizes their dangerous pursuit in an increasingly brutal state involving a life of protesting, circulating print materials, destroying property, arrest and imprisonment. The 106-minute film features a cameo performance by Meryl Streep who plays Emmeline Pankhurst, a real-life suffragette who led the dangerous crusade for equality.

The movie was originally slated to premier in Grand Rapids Nov. 20 but due to a widespread interest in the film, Celebration North opened it last Friday.

Indeed, interest has been so great, tickets to GGRWHC’s special showing Nov 20 in a small reserved theater inside Celebration North sold out  by Monday, Nov. 16. To accommodate the high demand, Celebration graciously on Monday offered to move the special showing to a theater twice the size to make more tickets available. Eventbrite has been updated to reflect greater availability of tickets.

Ticket-holders need to print their ticket from Eventbrite ahead of the event and bring it with them to the theatre. It is their ticket for admission.

Founded in 1988, GGRWHC is dedicated to educating the community and celebrating the legacies of local women, preserving knowledge of their past, and inspiring visions for their future.

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