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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 The suffragists were the early campaigners for the right to vote, and they were mainly middle class women. They had achieved some success, gaining some support from politicians and mp's including some conservative leaders. The suffragists were successful in the way that they brought the issues to people's attention. Because so many mp's voted for women to have the right to vote, it gave women the motivation to form different groups that would help with the process. The main group formed by the suffragists was called the NUWSS (National union of women's suffrage society) and the main suffragettes group was the WSPU. This group was formed mainly to the lack of progress by the suffragists. ...read more.

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Suffragettes found a leader in Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928). In 1903 she founded the women's social and political Union to fight for votes for women. Suffragettes found themselves up against the Liberal government, led by the Prime Minister, H.H. Asquith, and plenty of ordinary people (men and women) who opposed their aims and methods. Many of the women were imprisoned. In order to gain greater publicity, some adopted hunger strikes. The government introduced a new law, the Cat and Mouse Act of 1913 to deal with this: a woman near to death was released but once a woman was restored to health, she was put back in prison. She felt that the movement had to become more radical and militant if it was to succeed. Soon they made the headlines. ...read more.

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The First World War changed everything. Suffragettes abandoned their campaign in order actively to support the war. Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel became committed to the war effort. Her other daughter Sylvia was a pacifist but remained a committed suffragette. Meanwhile many women found their lives changed forever by having to fend for themselves while so many men were away. Not only did they have to look after their families but were encouraged to go out and work in jobs which had been traditionally men's. Women eventually gained the vote in 1918 when the Qualification of women act gave women over the age of thirty the vote if they were householders. Ten years later, the Equal Franchise gave all men and women aged 21 or over the vote. ...read more.

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