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Dana Rose Falcone
September 18, 2015 AT 04:37 PM EDT

Amy Schumer and Rowan Blanchard champion modern-day feminism, but before reporters started asking every female celebrity whether or not they associate with the term, women like Emmeline Pankhurst and Maud Watts challenged society by fighting for equality.

In a new two-minute clip from Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, a period drama about England’s early women’s equality movement, the government starts to feel the effect of the growing protest and decides they must stop its progress. “We have reached a state of anarchy we can no longer ignore,” David Lloyd George (Adrian Schiller) shouts before demanding Inspector Arthur Steed “punish those responsible.”

So Steed (Brendan Gleeson) confronts Maud (Carey Mulligan), a working mother and one of the feminist movement’s first foot soldiers, and says she won’t survive the movement. “We will win,” Maud insists in the clip.

Also starring in the historical film are Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, who plays Pankhurst, the faction’s leader.

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Suffragette opens in select theaters Oct. 23 before expanding nationwide.

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