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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 In the latter part of the 19th Century women were beginning to strive for the right to vote, which they felt was essential, in being seen as equal to men. Until this time women had very few legal rights and were seen as second to their husbands. Due to the injustices placed upon them, women began to join forces in an attempt to highlight their cause and put their case to Parliament. At this time two groups formed the major driving force behind this campaign. The first group was the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and within ten years another group was also formed, known as the Women's Social and Political Union. Both these groups shared the goal of votes for women, but each chose very different paths in their attempt to achieve this aim. The Suffragists were formed by Millicent Garrett Fawcett in 1897, it was known as the National Union of Women's Suffrage (NUWSS). Millicent amalgamated smaller, local groups to form one mass movement which made their cause more obvious to the public eye. Their aim was to gain the vote for the NUWSS and to protest in a non-violent manner and hold peaceful campaigns. ...read more.

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Examples of the methods the Suffragettes used were: heckling at MPs in meetings, their slogans daubed onto walls, golf courses damaged with acid, women chained themselves to railings, reservoirs were polluted with dye, windows smashed, chemicals poured into post boxes, protests meetings and marches, women went on hunger strike in prison, empty buildings were fire-bombed and refusal to keep census. A famous incident that showed how far the Suffragettes were willing to go was, when Emily Wilding Davison ran out and tried to take hold of the King's horse's reins in the Derby and got trampled to death. The successes of the Suffragists are; that they united lots of smaller suffrage groups to form one mass movement, used peaceful, law abiding methods which probably earned them more respect than the Suffragettes with parliament and when some women got the vote in 1918 they were 1 factor behind 4. The successes of the Suffragettes were that they increased awareness, received more media attention than the Suffragists, were more noticed than the Suffragists, more publicised and grabbed headlines with their extreme activities. They also proved that they'd go to any lengths to get the right to vote, have better lifestyles and break away from the female stereotype, which the Suffragists kept to. ...read more.

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There were two separate approaches to women's suffrage maybe because some women were too impatient and believed that they could gain the vote faster than if they stayed in a peaceful group. There was also the peaceful approach which showed that women were capable of making their own decisions in a rational manner and could put the point across calmly; if they had gone in a violent manner the government would simply lose all respect for the cause and just see them as trouble makers who don't deserve the vote. In conclusion, both the Suffragists peaceful campaign and the Suffragettes violent campaign had a part in gaining women the right to vote. If not for the Suffragists peaceful and rational protests, the Suffragettes campaign may have taken a lot more time since they were seen as irresponsible and incapable to deal with the right to vote. Yet if not for the Suffragettes campaign, the Suffragists would have been easily ignored by the government and the campaign would have taken much more time. The Suffragettes radical campaign seized the headlines and got the public very involved and interested. Both campaigns needed one another to win the vote for women. Stephanie Dunne Stephanie Dunne ...read more.

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