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Describe the Ways in Which the Methods Of The Suffragists And Suffragettes Were Different? In the early 20th century there were two main groups which campaigned for the right of getting women the vote, these were the Suffragists and the Suffragettes, the Suffragists methods were completely different to the Suffragettes, Suffragist protesting peacefully and the Suffragettes protesting with violence and controversy. They were similar in one way, this being their aim and was to get the right to vote for women. And something the Suffragists and the Suffragettes did not have in common. The Suffragists were formed in 1897 by Millicent Fawcett, under the name of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Society (NUWSS) the nickname being the Suffragists. It contained men and women bringing together smaller campaign groups. The leadership of the Suffragists was exclusively middle class, but some of the more radical members recognised early on that the movement needed the support of working class women, so it drew women of various sections of society together, giving them an identity which they had lacked until that time. This then gave them extra confidence and even more people to the group; in 1910 the membership was 21,571 this shows the scale of popularity women's suffrage got. ...read more.


They put petitions and bills through parliament but it was when they didn't get their way that they started to use violence, but Chartism died out after a while because the popular militancy lost its edge and the men saw it wasn't working. Suffragettes saw this as an idea for themselves, but only the violence part. They saw that it did put pressure onto the government, but they ignored the fact that the chartists violence did not really work, it is as if the Suffragists took the methods of the Chartists before, with the petitions, and near the end, not agreeing with the violent methods. "Deeds not Words" - This was the Suffragettes motto, they believed it was their actions which would change things, not words that were said. They did not allow men to be in their organisation either, because they felt that they deserved everything men had. Their methods were fierce and many people were shocked by how aggressive theses women were, because they were also so dramatic. The Suffragettes began with the less forceful methods in 1906, they shouted things out in important meetings and disrupted parliament, sometimes by going inside and other times they hired boats down the Thames and shouted abuse from them. ...read more.


One of the most drastic things that ever happened in the Suffragette's protests was the Derby in 1913; Emily Davison a member o the suffragette's jumped out in front of a horse in protest. Emily Davison died four days later in hospital. This just gave them an even worse reputation. The Suffragettes were effective in the way that they got the publicity women's suffrage needed. However their increased violence divided a lot of people who may have supported and been sympathetic to them. Despite the suffragette's attempts, many men refused to take women seriously. The campaign was shocking to many men who still expected women to be quiet and obedient, and took no notice. Nevertheless it did make the government feel pressured but still by the war no vote for women was given. Suffragists were angry because they felt the Suffragettes were undoing their years of work for the cause, although Millicent Fawcett did admit that it was bringing much more attention to the cause. The overall success of both groups was positive, but they relied on each other, without the Suffragettes, the movement would probably have been forgotten, but then respect for women would have been lost if it wasn't for the Suffragists. ...read more.

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