• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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.

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. Why did women fail to gain the vote between 1900-1914?

    Their fashions changed as well. Women started to wear trousers as they were more practical for their everyday work and general mobility was easier dressed like this. The men didn't like this as traditionally the men wore the trousers and they were getting worried as they though that the women

  2. Source Work- Women in World War 1

    The woman's hair is short, and the clothes she wears are quite boyish symbolising for the way woman had to become like men to get enfranchisement. All of this implies triumph. However this is an interpretation because it is a cartoon, and it is only the illustrators view.

  1. "Evacuation was a great success" Do you agree? Source based work.

    This source has been written for a British school textbook and was written in i988, so the source is reliable and can be trusted because the author will have gotten lots of evidence from lots of other sources, he has lots of facts and has no need to exaggerate.

  2. Women and the Vote

    This is because they feared the consequences in giving women such power. Women had not been granted the right to vote before the breakout of the First World War because of the campaign of the Suffragettes. The Suffragettes used forms of violence to fight for their cause of female suffrage

  1. Without the work of women on the Home Front, Britain could not have won ...

    As a photograph it is a primary source and shows more women working to make Britain's ammunition for the war. Cutting shell fuses was not the only munitions job that was absolutely vital during the war, the women had to actually fill the shells with gunpowder and assembling detonators.


    This is supported in source H when it says 'women who had brought children up successfully had preformed a service for the government'. These jobs proved that women were sensible and the government felt they should reward women by allowing them to vote.

  1. Women's Vote and Their Work During World War I

    These achievements brought about by non-militant feminists over fifty years must be seen as vitally important milestones on the road to enfranchisement [6] It must be conceded, however, that these rights had far more significance in the lives of middle class women.

  2. Discuss if women earned the vote not because of their contributions in the war ...

    source says that it was because of bringing up children as a service to the country. However, some might completely disagree with my view and say that the only reason the women were granted the vote was because of their wartime efforts.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work