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

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The campaign for women's suffrage was formally founded by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), in 1897. These women worked hard for women's votes but were largely unsuccessful with their method of campaign. In 1903, women broke away from the NUWSS and took matters into their own hands, using entirely different forms of protest. The NUWSS's aim was for 'votes for women', but this did not necessarily include all women. This campaign aimed to place women level with men, who already had the vote. The movement took place in major cities, which meant women could support the campaign, no matter where they lived. The suffragists believed in constitutional peaceful campaigning such as; issuing leaflets, presenting petitions, arguing cases with MP's in an orderly manner and other methods. ...read more.

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The suffragists received promises of support from MPs, but little was actually done. Many other organisations were set up to work alongside the NUWSS to gain women's votes. An organised group which branched off from NUWSS was the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), founded by the Pankhurst family in 1903. From this came the 'suffragettes', whose approach to the vote was very different. The campaign was open to women only and it aimed for all women to be granted the vote. The women in this movement took a different approach and aimed to stir things up and gain press coverage. In 1906 the Liberal Party won the general election, and the women's votes were seemingly more likely. ...read more.

Conclusion

But this didn't stop the suffragettes from continuing their violent campaign. Once arrested, many women asked to be treated as political prisoners, but were refused. Braver women acted in further protest to this and went on hunger strike, but were harshly force-fed by prison doctors and workers. The actions of WSPU members had caused both NUWSS members, politicians and the Prime Minister to publicly dislike the party - their actions disgusted politicians for acting brash and unwomanly, but simply embarrassed the suffragists. The actions of the violent suffragettes made many men who had supported the campaign for women's votes now turned their support to men's franchise. The NUWSS were ashamed of the society's actions because they were giving the fight for women's suffrage a bad name. The two campaigns differed greatly, although they fought for the same thing. ...read more.

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