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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 movements of women's suffrage; these were the suffragists and the suffragettes. They both used extremely different ways of trying to obtain the vote. Their leaders Emily Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett influenced the two groups. If we analyse the different methods of these two women we will have a better understanding of the suffragists and suffragettes. In1868 the London suffrage committee saw a new arrival, Millicent Fawcett. In 1890 she was elected as the president of the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies). In 1905 Emily Pankhurst became the leader of the militant group. Emily's father was a manufacturer who lived in Manchester. He had radical ideas. When Emily was young she was reading novels such as 'John Bunyan' and other such books. ...read more.

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Emily founded the WSPU (Women's Social and Political Union) in 1879 and members were experts in each of their own fields. There were artists who designed and created wonderful posters; there were actresses to organise campaigns and many more. Their skills meant that they were very powerful as a team. Milicent was not the best public speaker, however, she had wonderful organization skills and soon she became a recognized leader of the suffrage movement. She aided Clementina Black to make the government help under-paid female workers and she helped Josephine Butler to campaign against white slavery. She did this because she believed that the success they had was due to campaigning in a wide variety of causes. Although the suffragists were against militant action, the suffragettes thought that they were not getting anywhere and so they did many violent and harmful things so that people would notice them and would have to do something about them. ...read more.

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This was because of her militant ways of trying to push women's suffrage. She burnt down buildings, smashed windows, slashed pictures and went on a hunger strike. The government could not believe the way that these women had chosen to fight for their rights and many people thought that their way of doing things did not help but hinder the fight for women's suffrage because she was showing people what women could do and who would have wanted these particular women to have a choice in who was running the country. In conclusion, I feel that these two extremely different ways of fighting for suffrage were fuelled by two very different people. Fawcett was afraid that Emily's ways would alienate supporters of women's suffrage. Whilst for Emily this was a battle she felt so strongly for she put other peoples lives in danger. I think that the suffragettes were the most effective group in achieving the vote for women because they stood up for themselves and did something about what they believed in. ...read more.

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