Gina Mei
April 15, 2015 3:59 pm

The teaser trailer for Suffragettea film about the fight for women’s suffrage starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, and Helena Bonham Carter — has just been released, and we can hardly stand our excitement. . . We’re not even a little bit embarrassed to say we got chills.

In the film, Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst, the legendary and very badass activist and feminist who helped champion women’s right to vote in the U.K., and Mulligan plays Maud, a wife, young mother, and “foot soldier” for the movement. (Carter plays the role of Edith New — also based on a real woman — but we won’t spoil how she comes into play if you’re not familiar with the story.)

The trailer was released today in support of the #VotingMatters campaign, which aims to encourage young women to register to vote in the U.K. elections before the April 20th deadline. And even though the U.S. Presidential election is still a ways off, it has us equally ready to punch our ballots stateside.

It’s hard to believe that women have only had the right to vote in the U.S. and U.K. for less than a century — and Suffragette is here to remind us of the fight it took to get it. Our vote has never mattered more than it does today, and while women continue to make up a majority of the population, we remain severely underrepresented when it comes to political office. This is why our vote is so essential in having our voices heard and defending our rights.

Many women fought tooth and nail so that we could express our opinions, and we’re grateful that Suffragette will bring some much-deserved attention to a few of them.

“Never surrender,” goddess Meryl Streep says in the trailer. “Never give up the fight.”

Could this film be any more empowering? We think not.

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