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Princess Sophia suffragette book is now in paperback—also new play in London!

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This long video from YouTube has great high-quality archival footage. The book about suffragette Princess Sophia is now in paperback from Bloomsbury. The play “Princess Suffragette” will be performed by the London Grey & Green Theatre Company from February 22-26, 2017. This contemporary (re)telling of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh’s journey, from her aristocratic upbringing as the daughter of an exiled Maharajah, to her political awakening as the first British-Asian suffragette that is said to be an “inventive new play about identity, risk and heart, and twist our notions of feminism as well as define moments of British and Indian history, through the eyes of an extraordinary woman.”

“Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary” on Vimeo.

A good read! Highly recommended, not only for the suffrage movement in England and Princess Sophia’s participation in it, but also her ties to India and the perspective of a young woman in exile in London.

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New release date of September 2015 for “Suffragette” film from the UK as Meryl Streep gives interviews!

Fall 2015 release date announced for “Suffragette” film from the UK  on Vimeo.

Though it had initially been scheduled for release in January 2015, the production team for “Suffragette” (the film from the UK), has revised its expected release to September 2015, according to Pathe, the film’s publicists. Meryl Streep’s recent interviews will prepare the public for the production that is predicted to make a splash during 2015. Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst in the film that’s directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. Streep told reporters that she is “shocked” about how the suffrage movement is neglected by the mainstream media. And she pointed out how in its day the suffrage movement was so threatening that the English authorities responded to movement activists as if they were terrorists.

“Girls, we’ve been waiting for this,” Streep told USA Today. She made the analogy between 1910 in England to today by noting that the Brits developed surveillance techniques to spy on the suffragettes, as many called themselves in England. “Suffragette” is the first film to be shot in the Houses of Parliament in London. By playing the part of suffrage activist Emmeline Pankhurst, Meryl Streep is expected to bring this remarkable period of votes for women history to the attention of the mainstream public in the time leading up to the 2017 suffrage centennial in New York State, as well as the U.S. 2020 suffrage centennial.

The “Suffragette” film is expected to be a boost for those who are promoting suffrage-related projects and programs. “Suffragette” is on a IMDb list of films that are serious contenders to be nominated for “Best Picture” in 2015. Whatever accolades the production receives, the spinoff effects are likely to be profoundly felt by those attempting to bring attention to the suffrage movement in the United States.

The ties between activists in both countries were strong and included key activists from both nations. Individuals such as Lucy Burns, Alice Paul, Harriot Stanton Blatch, Elisabeth Freeman and others were trained in the English suffrage movement, an experience that influenced tactics and strategies on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Suffrage Centennials: Video you'll loveVIDEO: Anticipating the news about the “Suffragette” film release date.

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