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It was the work that women did during the war that earned them the vote. Use sources H, I and J and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree with this interpretation.

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Question 5 - 'It was the work that women did during the war that earned them the vote.' Use sources H, I and J and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree with this interpretation. ' It was the work women that women did during the war that earned them the Vote.' There were many significant reasons that were put forward to support this interpretation, however, there were also many that felt otherwise, these shall all be explained in the following essay. When war broke out in 1914 many female followers of Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst decide to stop their campaign for the vote because it seemed inappropriate to continue their pursuit in such a difficult time. They instead became very enthusiastic volunteers for a range of work In order to help out in the war effort. ...read more.

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However, many people thought that women didn't receive the vote for just helping out in the War effort, for example, source J states Herbert Asquith believed that ' For three years now the suffragettes have not restarted that horrible campaign of violence... some measure of women's suffrage should be given' who had lately opposed giving women the vote. People felt that the suffragettes should be rewarded for giving up their violent campaign. Another reason why women may have been given the vote was because the Government were scared that once the war ended the suffragettes would restart their violent campaign, as a result of this fear the Government gave in to them in order to stop the suffragettes restarting their campaign. Source I suggests that another reason why women gained the vote was because of the ' Great social and political changes that were happening as a ...read more.

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A different reason why women were given the vote was because of the statement given in source H, ' Politicians themselves agreed with the idea that the women who had brought up children successfully had performed a service for the government which could be rewarded by giving the vote to such loyal citizens' This helped women earn the vote because it was something that many women did anyway which, as a result meant that a high percentage of women had the support of numerous politicians. I conclude that it wasn't just the work that women did during the War that earned them the vote. I think this because of the significance of all the other changes that happened during the war. (The halting of the violent campaigning and the social and political changes that had taken place as a result of the War.) Without these influencing factors I believe that women may not have gained the vote after all. Quratulain Golding 11AD miss Chauhan ...read more.

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