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

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ASSESMENT OBJECTIVE 1: THE CHANGING ROLES AND STATUS OF WOMEN, C.1840- C,1990 Section 1 Here are three reasons why women were given the vote in 1918: * The Suffragists; * The Suffragettes; * The First World War Question 1 - Choose one reason and explain how it contributed to women being given the vote in 1918. Many different women's groups campaigned up to 1914 for women to have the vote, the most famous perhaps being the suffragists and the suffragettes. The more dramatic of the two groups were the suffragettes. This women's group also known as the WSPU (women's social and political union) began in 1903 to contribute to the women's movement, some could argue that they made a much stronger impact than the Suffragists. The founder of the suffragettes was Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters. They started with quite a peaceful campaign, producing petitions and generally raised awareness to the women's cause. But in 1908 Herbert Asquith became prime minister, he was a liberal and so this brought hope to women who believed they deserved the vote, hoping things may begin to change, but Asquith refused to introduce a bill that considered woman's suffrage. ...read more.

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They fought police when they were arrested and also organised demonstrations. The suffragettes gained a lot of media attention and this is exactly what they intended to do. Those are the two women's groups; they had both worked very hard over the years for women's suffrage but still hadn't obtained the vote. The suffragists had been campaigning for women's suffrage six years before the suffragettes even began and they continued once the Pankhurts had given up after the First World War. Despite the fact that they stayed out of the limelight, starting in 1879 the NUWSS worked peacefully yet hard for over 50 years while the Suffragettes chaos stole the headlines, but the suffragists really started the campaign, without the suffragists there may not have been suffragettes and who knows, without suffragettes there may have been no suffrage for women. The suffragists were the long-term cause that contributed to women being given the vote in 1918. The suffragettes began in 1903 and had ended in 1916, lasting 13 years this militant campaign for the women's suffrage got the cause so much media attention and brought it to everyone attention whether they were interested or not, they gained the cause many supporters and brought the issue to the eye of the public with drama. ...read more.

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Working in these kind of jobs also meant they were wearing uniform, often trousers which at this time was never seen, this just went to prove that women could do things the same as men could. All these things were just proving to the country exactly what the WSPU and NUWSS could not do with just their campaigns. This changed the way women were looked at, they proved themselves not weak and of a stable mind. To conclude, we cannot put it down solely to one thing that got women the vote because of, there was a web of causation and all causes played a part, the suffragists worked long and hard gaining political respect and the suffragettes caused a storm in the media and brought masses of attention to the cause, but up until then neither of these factors had actually had successful results, they just needed something that would help them prove themselves so they could show that they were right. Women's role in world war one was the most important to them achieving the vote by 1918. By taking on the roles of many stereotypical male jobs during the war they proved themselves to be responsible and strong when put under pressure or in a hard situation, they proved most men's views that had been strong for centuries to be wrong. Amy Collins 2,133 words ...read more.

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