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Nevertheless, She Persisted

Suffrage, cinema and beyond


'She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted'

After colleagues silenced US Senator Elizabeth Warren while she read a letter by Coretta Scott King, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unwittingly summed up women’s ongoing struggle for equal rights.

A century after the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which first gave (some) women the right to vote in the UK, these films look at women’s rebellious and often dangerous efforts to gain equality, as captured in selected cinematic journeys from around the world. 

This season features the incredible stories of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for US presidential candidate; transgender New Zealand MP Georgina Beyer, and the fearless Malalai Joya, who ran in the first parliamentary elections in Afghanistan in nearly thirty years. 


Part of our 2018 season The Art of Change, which explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.


#ShePersisted Zine Series

Illustration of Malalai Joya

#ShePersisted Zine: Malalai Joya

Inspired by documentary Enemies of Happiness – about Afghan MP and activist Malalai JoyaOOMK chair a discussion on how to create space for Muslim, female empowerment in 2018. 

Illustration of Georgina Beyer

#ShePersisted Zine: Georgina Beyer

Inspired by documentary Georgie Girl – about the world's first trans MP, Georgina Beyer – Cause & Effect zine chair a discussion in response: talking trans visibility, the treachery of 'firsts' and how to bring outsider politics to the mainstream. 

photo of young reviewer jessa

Watch: Young Reviewer on 'Nevertheless, She Persisted'


Young Reviewer Jessa previews our feminist film festival, 'Nevertheless, She Persisted: Suffrage, cinema and beyond', and shares her favourite stories of the featured trailblazing women who've fought for equality.

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