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Without the First World War British women would not have gained the right to vote in 1918.Do the sources agree?

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Introduction

"Without the First World War British women would not have gained the right to vote in 1918." It can generally be agreed upon that without the First World War, British women would not have been so successful in gaining the vote in 1918. However, the First World War was by no means the sole cause for women gaining the vote; it was merely one of many different factors, which when combined enabled women to gain the right to vote. The effects of First World War were that while the men were occupied fighting the battles, women proved their worth and capabilities by completing the men's previous jobs with determination and success. This made the men realize the women's full potential and eventually to grant them the right to vote in 1918. ...read more.

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It is attempting to persuade both men and women that it is important that women should gain the vote. While it does give some valid points about why women should be given the vote, there are some limitations to the source. It does not give any evidence for the war helping women to gain the vote in 1918. However, we do know that ten years after this speech was made, women gained the vote. Therefore, something between 1908 and 1918 must have happened to give women the vote. Source B is from a postcard issued by the Suffragettes in 1910. It gives an example of how badlyIt is very useful in telling us how women were treated in 1910, but it has its limitations as it does not tell us how the war affected women gaining the vote. ...read more.

Conclusion

This source is quite useful in that it gives us some indication of the general opinion towards women changed. it shows a man and a woman uniting and holding a British flag. It is a monthly magazine, which shows that the views of the people could change, and seemingly have changed during the last few months. Source E is an extract from War and Society in Britain 1899-1948, written in 1991 by a historian. It tells us how women were treated during the war whilst they worked in the factories. Although it does not tell us whether without the war women would not have gained the vote, but it does give us an indication of how the attitudes of women during the war were different from the attitudes of women after the war. ...read more.

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