A group of handbell ringers play a Suffragette marching song to bridge the gap in time between these two proto-feminists. Moll Cutpurse of the Barbican was a 17th Century pickpocket, made notorious for dressing as a man and behaving like a scoundrel. Evelyn Manesta was a jailed Suffragette in the early 1900's, whose prison photograph was later altered by the police to remove traces of the restraint she was resisting in order to foil her identity being captured. Dame Ethel Smyth wrote 'March of the Women' and conducted it with a toothbrush from her cell at Holloway prison while her fellow inmates sang it outside in the yard. These three women are brought together in this film for their imaginative expressions of protest as a means of surviving the hostile patriarchal societies they lived through.

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