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Describe the ways in which the methods of the Suffragists and Suffragettes were different.

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History coursework Votes for Women K.Stalker 10y 2) Describe the ways in which the methods of the Suffragists and Suffragettes were different. The main difference between the Suffragists and Suffragettes is that the Suffragists believed in legal constitutional methods while the Suffragettes believed in illegal, law breaking methods, so therefore the women's suffrage movement was spilt in two. The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (the NUWSS) which was made up of Suffragists and the Women's Social and Political Union (the WSPU) which was made up of Suffragettes. The two groups, although fighting for the same result, did not seem to care for one another. The NUWSS believed violence would get women's status no where and would anger the people who had the choice of whether they could have the vote or not. ...read more.

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I asked myself many times, what was to be done." That is an extract from a speech she made in 1913. She was tired of being "pleasant" to MP's in order to get the vote, she called for more militant action, hence their motto "deeds not words." Her movement was confined to independent women only with no party affiliations. They were women of principal and pursued their goal with passion and determination. The NUWSS preferred more conventional methods like demonstrations, meetings, propaganda and pilgrimages that are all legal, an example of this is the Mud March (given the name because of the torrential rain). This was believed to be a success. ...read more.

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Many women were arrested, and in prison they embarked on a hunger strike. Hunger strikes led to many deaths as they had to be forced fed so they did not become martyrs. Emily Davison did become a martyr, she was probably the most determined suffragette, her favourite words "Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God," were wrapped round stones and thrown at Lloyd George's car. On June 13 Emily walked onto the racecourse of the most important horse race of the year. She tried to grab King George V's horse's bridle, but she was trampled and condemned a mentally ill fanatic. I believe that the Suffragists were more successful than the Suffragettes because violence may make people afraid but it cannot change ones beliefs. ...read more.

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