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As women became independent, they demanded equal legal and political rights, but this wouldn't be the case until World War 1.

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Ummer Chaudhry 11H History Coursework 1st Question As women became independent, they demanded equal legal and political rights, but this wouldn't be the case until World War 1. Women in the early 20th century strengthened their efforts to obtain the right to vote. Women wanted equality with men. Women believed that they would be able to influence the government and they were willing to do anything they could, even if they had to use violence. This was the case women started to use violence without thinking about their own lives or anybody else. Before women used violence, they used the peaceful methods. For example: demonstrations, large public meetings, writing letters to newspapers, they did everything they could and staying inside the boundaries of the law. Theses women pushed these boundaries quiet far. This group of women was known as Suffragists, women who didn't believe in using extreme methods. The Suffragists tried peaceful methods but failed to get women the vote. ...read more.

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These women wanted women to be equal to men, to have the vote and they also wanted to play a part in central government. The Suffragettes wanted to do what every man could. E.g. vote, play a part in central government and become presidents. To get want they wanted the Suffragettes used violence. E.g. the Suffragettes handcuffed themselves to railings outside 10 Downing Street, the Suffragettes would throw themselves in front of a horse, which would be in middle of a race. This is why women failed to get the vote to right to vote between 1900 and 1914. Mrs. Pankhurst, the Suffragette leader had an overwhelming belief that women should be entitled to vote, she also believed that strong action should be taken. She argued that women were allowed no part in making laws; therefore they could break them if necessary. This believes to have lead to violence. In the election of 1906 the Liberal Party won a massive victory. ...read more.

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Some people felt women were justified in going to such lengths. Some people felt that violence was totally wrong as a mean of gaining an object. Violence was a direct action of breaking the law. Magistrates soon found out that they were facing a new type of 'criminal offence'. The women concerned were not guilty of crimes that came before court. When given the option of fines or imprisonment, many chose to go to jail. The leader of the Suffragettes, Mrs. Pankhurst went to prison a number of times when she was given the choice of fine or imprisonment. She chose to go to jail. This is why women failed to get the vote to right to vote between 1900 and 1914. Prison conditions and the harsh description surprised them. The Suffragettes carried their campaign in the prison cells by going on hunger strike. This led to a problem for the government. Suffragettes who refused to eat were forcibly fed. The authorities felt that they couldn't let them die. After all the things and al the mayhem the Suffragettes caused they still didn't get the women the vote, this was because violence solves nothing. ...read more.

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