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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. There were two different movements in order for women's rights consisting of suffragists and suffragettes. They both fought for the same point and the rights for women. Suffragists used peaceful, legal tactics to win support because the leader of that particular movement Millicent Fawcett thought by distributing their views in this way the media and public would listen to them and they wouldn't disapprove of them. This was founded in 1897 to unite most of the existing suffrage societies. Their tactics were moderate, peaceful persuasion and also constitutional. There methods used were to meet with politicians to argue their case this could be done by reasoned arguments, meetings as well as issuing leaflets They were known as the National Union of Women's Suffrage (N.U.W.S.S) in conjunction with their aims being to expand the rights of women and to improve social conditions. However after 30 years of peaceful campaigning producing hardly any changes, led to the development of militant groups beginning to emerge such as the suffragettes. In comparison to suffragist there were suffragettes who used violent methods because their leader Emmeline Pankhurst thought by this way it would attract the attention of the public and the media, so they could hear the views because no one would listen to them. ...read more.

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Both groups made leaflets and produced board games, which ridiculed the government, and they also used large poster campaigns, which demonised the government for example a poster featuring a cat as the government and a woman from the WSPU in the mouth exactly like the cat, and mouse act, which was happening at that time. Other poster campaigns showed pictures of professional women trapped in the area of convicts and lunatics it stated should all women be classified as these. Mrs Fawcett the leader of the suffragist addressed the Women's Pilgrimage Day in Hyde Park quite often moreover she believed keeping the campaign in the public eye and a drip by drip process politely wearing the enemy down, all of this was done by logic. These peaceful methods were used to acquire the attention not only of the government but also the public. These were done by non-violent diplomatic means by the suffragettes at one point but mainly done by the suffragist, therefore no one disproved of them. Another method used by only the suffragettes was civil disobedience, which included vastly vicious methods. In 1909 there were multiple simultaneous suffrage attacks and furthermore a woman called Ada Wright deliberately allowed the Daily Mail to take pictures of her getting mistreated and bullied by the police. ...read more.

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On major impact and issue between the suffragettes and suffragist was leadership. Emmeline Pankhurst led the suffragettes or known as the WSPU whilst Millicent Fawcett led the suffragist or known as the suffragists. Firstly in the beginning there were two groups which worked together as a untied front fighting for women's rights however over a period of time there was a breakaway movement formed in 1903 by the Pankhursts who were frustrated and outraged by the lack of improvement achieved by the suffragist, with their peaceful use of methods. The new group formed was called the suffragettes, which used slightly violent methods compared to the suffragists but they still worked together. However in 1912-13 they completely split because of Millicent Fawcett's refusal to work with Emmeline Pankhurst's violent methods of getting their groups views around because she felt that this went against their cause. Chirstabel Pankhurst daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst said 'One decision I came to firmly it was that this voting question must be settled...To go on pleading was undignified.' Suffragettes and suffragist were two sides of the same group, they were not totally separate but newspapers and the media just made them different to show people the methods each groups used. Women supported both groups no matter how violent their methods were because they all fought for the same goal the right for women getting the vote. Tarandeep Atwal 10x4 Fhs4027 History Coursework Page 1 Ms.Johnson ...read more.

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