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Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragists and the suffragettes were different?

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Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragists and the suffragettes were different? The suffragists and suffragettes were the two main women's groups that campaigned for women's right to vote. The two groups were different in many ways yet had their similarities. The suffragists used peaceful methods to convey their message for women's suffrage and many of them belonged to the NUWSS (their were smaller groups for the suffragist movement but the NUWSS was the one leading the way). Similarly the suffragettes had their own organisation known as the WSPU (again their were smaller groups that were pro suffragette). The suffragettes were a more militant organisation that sometimes used violence to further its aims. Originally the WSPU (Women's social political union) and the NUWSS (National union of Women's Suffrage Societies) was under one flag as they were fighting for the same objective. However the WSPU felt that the NUWSS approach was far too slow and it was not getting anywhere they decided that they would have to become more militant in order to get their point across. ...read more.


There were also a number of differences between the two parties both stepped up their bid for the vote after 1912 whereas before they didn't push as much. The NUWSS used peaceful methods both before and after 1912 they organised meetings to decide what their next method was going to be, they presented petitions showing the government how strong the campaign for women's suffrage was. After 1912 the NUWSS continued with what they did before, however one important change came around. They organised more marches and provided funding for the labour party so that they could get in power and give women the vote this was known as the election fighting fund and was aimed at helping the labour party as they were most likely at giving women the right to vote. The WSPU used a different tactic they used militant action to get their point across. The WSPU wanted to gain the vote quickly so they decided to go to the extremes and try and get people's attention so that the vote could be gained quickly. ...read more.


All of these actions were done in order to get publicity and people's attention. Despite them achieving their aim of publicity these actions resulted in the Women's suffrage campaign receiving a bad name, people disliked them and went back to their old thought process that women were irrational and not reliable enough to receive the vote. Due to this excessive militant action the NUWSS decided to disassociate themselves with the WSPU however this made no difference as the whole of the women's suffrage campaign was labelled as being 'extreme'. The excessive militant action by the WSPU resulted in a backwards step for the suffrage campaign. It showed the clear difference between the two groups and how each one wanted to achieve its goal. The NUWSS stated that it was like a 'glacier movement slow but steady' yet it would eventually achieve its aim whereas the militant action by the WSPU hampered the suffrage campaign (e.g. militant action prevented further talk about the conciliation bill which the NUWSS had strived so hard for), and took it further away from its goal. By Omar Jamshad 10S ...read more.

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