Last nights’ premiere for Carey Mulligan’s new film Suffragette was taken over by domestic violence protestors who lay on the red carpet wearing shirts printed with the words “Dead women can’t vote” on the front. The protest group, named Women from Sisters Uncut were protesting against domestic violence funding cuts.
The Feministo on the group’s website explains that they stand with “all self-defining women who live under the threat of domestic violence, and those who experience violence in their daily lives”. They also stand “Against the life-threatening cuts to domestic violence service and austerity”.
With the film, starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Anne-Marie Duff, focusing on women’s fight for the right to vote in the early 1900’s, it seems that these protestors also took inspiration to speak up for an issue also affecting women in this modern day and age. The protestors lay down on the carpet before the stars arrived, sparking an undeniable buzz as pictures spread on the news and social media.