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Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragists and suffragettes were different

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Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragists and suffragettes were different As the campaign for women's suffrage developed many women in the NUWSS (suffragists) became dissatisfied with the campaign and how little it was progressing. These women then formed a new organisation called the WSPU (suffragettes). The suffragists campaigned for only votes for women and preferred to use more peaceful ways of expressing their opinions and objections. However the suffragettes campaigned for better working and living conditions for women and were more forceful and aggressive in their methods of protests. Although their approach to achieving their aim was very different, their objectives remained essentially the same: securing women's suffrage. The tactics of the two groups were fundamentally different. The suffragist used tactics of persuasion to gain public and government support such as leaflets, posters and petition. On the other hand the suffragettes used aggressive tactics that forced people to meet their demands. ...read more.

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A lot of leaflets posters and petitions were used in addition meetings were held in almost all constituencies which aided public awareness throughout the campaign. Millicent Fawcett was a very influential figure in deciding which tactics the NUWSS used and she herself went to many public debates with her opponents. Among the many differences there was also a geographical difference. The suffragists were based in Manchester and the suffragettes in London. This difference was essential for the suffragettes. They needed to be in a large city so all their shocking activity could have maximum impact. London was especially good because apart from the large population the suffragettes could attack the houses of parliament, Buckingham Palace and Downing Street as well as all the politicians based there. There were thirty four branches of WSPU in London alone. Both the Suffragists and Suffragettes had very influential and powerful leaders and personalities. ...read more.

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Many people regarded the suffragists with sympathy but did not pay much attention to them unless it was an election time. Opinion towards the suffragettes changed. Initially many people in Britain thought the police and government overacted to the suffragettes. For example people believed that imprisoning and force feeding them was too harsh and this enticed new members into the organisation. Even the suffragists admired their courage. However as they became increasingly violent public opinion turned against them and many moderate suffragettes left It was not clear which organisation was more effective in securing the votes for women. Whilst the suffragist movement tried to work with people and use moderate tactics such as leaflets, petitions and meeting, the suffragette had much broader aims which were better working and living conditions for women and were prepared to use violent and dramatic tactics to attract attention. So essentially the most significant difference was the tactics they used to achieve their aim. Another key difference was that one seemed to be working well and under control whereas the other seemed finally itself to be out of control. ...read more.

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