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“Women over 30 gained the right to vote in 1918 mainly because of women’s contribution in the war effort.” Do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer fully.

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"Women over 30 gained the right to vote in 1918 mainly because of women's contribution in the war effort." Do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer fully. In this essay I am going to consider the above statement and the evidence for and against it. Before the war women were campaigning for equal voting rights but they didn't get it. They began to get more and more frustrated. The group of women who were campaigning were called the suffragettes. Before the war had started they began to use more and more violent tactics, smashing windows and burning unused buildings. It could have had the opposite effect to that which they had intended. ...read more.

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But because they were doing the same jobs as men, it showed that they were just as capable. I think that this would have had a great influence in the decision that gave women the right to vote. On the other hand the violent campaign of the suffragettes could have actually helped women in getting the right to vote. It showed that they were extremely passionate about what they believed in. it showed that they wanted it so badly they were prepared to go to prison for it. The suffragettes' violent campaign kept the issue in the public eye. If they hadn't of done then the government would have kept postponing their decision and treated it as an unimportant issue. ...read more.

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The suffragettes and the women's effort in the war only sped up the process. The first country to give women the right to vote was New Zealand in 1893. There were also several states in America who gave women the vote before 1900. In conclusion I do partly agree with this statement and partly disagree. I agree that women's effort in the war was a major factor in giving women the right to vote. I don't think, however, that it was because of the war that women got the vote. As a lot of other countries gave women the right to vote before the war had even started, it was very likely that women would have got the right to vote anyway. I think that the suffragette movement and the war just sped up that decision. ...read more.

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