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Choose one reason and explain how it contributed to women being given the vote in 1918.

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Georgina Elliott 11.4 January 16th 03 History Coursework - Q1 Choose one reason and explain how it contributed to women being given the vote in 1918. The suffragettes contributed to gaining the vote in 1918 in many ways. The suffragettes were positive determined women who fought to gain the vote for women. The suffragettes showed men and women alike that all women were equal to men and deserved equal rights in being allowed to vote for the democracy in which they lived. The suffragettes campaign started in 1903. ...read more.

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Unlike the suffragists, the suffragettes were loud, unstoppable women. The organised petitions, violent protests, hunger strikes and they even chained themselves to the railings outside the Prime Ministers house; in order to shout out to everyone and anyone who would listen. In Manchester, on October 10th 1903, Emmeline Pankhursts patience ran out. 'Deeds not words', was the new motto of the suffragettes. The 'war' to gain the vote for women had begun. the suffragettes started planning their action. On May 19th 1905, ten women went to speak with the Prime Minister. ...read more.

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It was prison or votes for women. In 1908, Miss Nell chained herself to the railings outside the Prime Ministers front door. She was quickly joined by Nurse Olivia Smith. Both were charged and they elected to go to jail for three weeks rather than pay a fine. Finally in 1916, Herbert Asquith (the Prime Minister), realised it would be impossible to not think about giving women the vote. they had all contributed highly to aiding the war effort. Over the next two years many gathered in the House of Commons to decide whether women should have the vote or not. Eventually, in January 1918 women were thought to be as 'equals' with men and were finally given the vote. ...read more.

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