Steffan Hill
Andrea Towers
June 03, 2015 AT 03:37 PM EDT

Safe to say that Suffragette will pass the Bechdel Test with flying colors.

Inspired by the true story of the fight for women’s equality and the right to vote in England, Suffragette stars Carey Mulligan as Maud, a working mother who becomes one of the early feminist foot soldiers. Bullied by husbands and sweatshop bosses and a society that gave them no voice, brave women from all social classes banded together and demanded political change—by any means necessary. Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, and Romola Garari co-star, and Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst, the militant women’s rights leader who gave voice to millions of oppressed women.

Directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and written by Abi Morgan (The Hour), Suffragette will open the 59th BFI London Film Festival in October. The film opens in theaters Oct. 23.

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