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Did votes for women become more or less likely between 1906-1914?

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Did votes for women become more or less likely between 1906-1914? Many events organised by the Suffragists and the Suffragettes took place between the period, 1906 - 1914 to argue the case of women getting the vote. However, particular actions of the Suffragettes (WSPU) deterred the public on the issue of women gaining the vote. Whilst the Suffragists (NUWSS) protested peacefully, slowly gaining members, the Suffragettes undid all the NUWSS' good work and marred the reputation of women. By using violence, such as attacking individuals, disrupting the meetings of politicians and attempting to destroy big events, they gained a negative view against them. In October 1906 whilst the NUWSS were continuing their campaigns and petitions, the WSPU protested in the House of Commons, resulting in them being arrested. ...read more.

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It first started as a reaction to the repeated failure of suffrage bills in parliament, but later the WSPU used it as a deliberate tactic. In 1909, more WSPU members were sent to prison and that was when the hunger strikes began. Women did not eat nor drink but instead starved themselves, to show how strongly they felt about the issue they were protesting. When the Suffragettes carried out hunger strikes, they won a lot of sympathy and this helped their case. When in 1910, the Conciliation bill, which was planned to give women the vote, was abandoned, the violence restarted and this resulted in the Black Friday. The women were outraged that the bill had been dropped and planned huge demonstrations outside Albert Hall with violence in mind. ...read more.

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Therefore, both men and women were very opposed to the Suffragettes. Once the Suffragettes started smashing windows, burning down churches and attacking works of art, a great mass of society had a very negative view of them, which is, perhaps, not surprising. However, very often, the Suffragettes were responding to the treatment they were given by the police. They were responding to the stories they heard about prison, about Suffragettes being force fed because they were on hunger strike. Therefore, it was a fast-growing response to a very intense and brutalizing situation, which they felt that their 'sisters' in prison were facing. Conclusively, votes for women become less likely between 1906-1914. This was due to the violence the Suffragettes created and the negative view, which was formed upon all women. If the WSPU had protested peacefully like the NUWSS, then maybe the time in which the women gained the votes would have came earlier. Sima Lad ...read more.

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