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Describe the ways in which the suffragists and suffragettes were different.

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George Cohen Describe the ways in which the suffragists and suffragettes were different. Essentially both the suffragists (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) and suffragettes (Women's Social and Political Union) were fighting for the same thing. The thing that makes them different was the methods they used to achieve their political common goal. This common goal was to achieve the right for women to vote, and to improve women's rights in general. Ultimately they wanted equal rights to men. Each method was effective in its own way, and together they achieved the vote for women aged over 30 in 1918. ...read more.


He then called an election, so the plan was abandoned. This infuriated the suffragettes, and this was a key turning point in their methods. They decided that much more radical measures need to be taken. The suffragists did not support their plan. They were gradually persuading people to come around to their ideas. They believed that the power of words was very effective and was working, although it was taking more time. By protesting and formulating quality speeches they were not only persuading people, but also showing that they had courage and intelligence, and that they were not controlled by their hearts and emotions. ...read more.


The suffragettes' methods became even more radical. They chained themselves to fences outside Buckingham Palace, and starved themselves in prison. They were starting to die for what they believed in. This gained the sympathy of the public. The methods were working well. Between the two groups they used a wide range of methods to reach the goal which was partially achieved in 1918, when women over 30 got the vote. Both methods were effective and, although they were extremely different, and even contradicted each other at some points, they were more effective together. Even Millicent Fawcett who, as the founder of the suffragists, was strongly against militancy, understood the frustration that caused people to be driven to it. ...read more.

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