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Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragists and suffragettes differ

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Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragists and suffragettes differ The group known as the suffragists of the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) consisted of seventeen different societies fighting for the same cause of gaining the right to vote. They had merged together to become the NUWSS under the leadership of Mrs. Millicent Fawcett. The NUWSS were a peaceful protesting agency using their newspaper The Common Cause as their main type of protest. The suffragists did not regard their work as an attack on men but as a reform for the good of everyone. They wanted to convert public opinion. They did not want to antagonize men, but o convince them of the sense of their arguments. The suffragists campaigned peacefully because they were certain that they would achieve their objectives by being peaceful it also said to men that women were responsible enough to have the vote as they could use their minds and not violence. ...read more.


Although the NUWSS supported the war effort they did not agree with the fact that the WSPU were persuading young men to recruit into the armed forces. The WSPU or the Women's Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903. The WSPU was headed by Emmeline Pankhurst and her two daughters Christabel and Sylvia. The WSPU were other wise known as the Suffragettes had completely different views from the NUWSS. The WSPU believed in using force to take their rights which belonged to them unlike the NUWSS asking if they could have their rights. Although they both shared similar views until 1905 when the media stopped talking about women's right or rarely reporting meetings and refused to publish articles and letters written. As bills were being placed and being deliberately talked out by MP's they angled their peaceful tactics. Due to this the suffragettes decided that they had to take militant action to get their vote. ...read more.


In 1913 war was declared by the suffragettes and they began to start a campaign of attacks on property. They had increased their militant action to another level they smashed windows, burnt railway stations, defaced works of art, poured acid into peoples letter boxes, threw pepper into Parliament and planned to blow up the coronation chair. In 1913 Emily Davidson killed herself by throwing herself into the king's horse' path. In the summer of 1913 the violence from the suffragettes escalated they started an arson campaign. Although the NUWSS disagreed with the WSPU tactics they never criticized them as the NUWSS felt that the WSPU were really brave. My conclusion is that there were two different groups with two completely different ideas and values on how to gain the vote but they were still both fighting for the same thing. In comparison one could say that the NUWSS would have got the vote quicker as they were not violent but the WSPU had had enough and wanted the vote they obviously thought that why should they be asking for the vote they should be able to take it. ...read more.

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