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did women over 30 gain the vote because of the war effort alone?

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History Coursework: Question 3 Women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of women's war effort, do you agree? Explain your answer There are many factors which had got women over 30 their right to vote. One factor was the war effort which is said to be the 'turning point'. Another factor was the Suffragists and Suffragettes and the campaign they had started. The third factor was the outside pressure received by colonies (New Zealand, Canada and Australia). The last major factor of women getting the right to vote was the political changes which suited the government. One way in which the war helped women get the vote was by actually driving the men out of the country. This gave women the chance to take a man's role, going to work and coming home 'after a hard day's work'. When the war broke out in 1914 Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst stopped the campaigning against the government and put 100% effort behind the war effort. ...read more.


Outside pressures was a significant factor of getting the vote. The reason why I say this is because New Zealand, Australia and the best country in the world (Canada) were Britain's colonies and they over passed the law of women having the right to vote. If the colonies were ahead of Britain that would make the country and government feel very embarrassed. The embarrassment must of taken over and help speed on the process. The government and politicians played a part in this of course as they were the ones to change the law. They gave women the vote but only for women over 30 as they know women over thirty would be married or in a serious relationship. If they have a husband they will vote the same way in which their husbands do so women over thirty wouldn't bring any real threat to changing the country. ...read more.


It didn't only show men but it also showed women what the working lifestyle is like. If they enjoyed going out to work and making new friends there of course they are going to want to give women the chance to vote so maybe in the future they will get to work permanently instead of staying at home and being 'a good housewife'. The most important reason why I have chosen Suffragists and Suffragettes to be more important then War effort to get women their vote was because Women munitions war workers, who were generally younger then 30, were excluded from the Representation of the People's Act 1918. They were still dis-enfranchised (deprived, generally vote) and denied the vote. So women under 30 were working in factories yet women of 30 were legitimate to vote, how could it of been the war effort? Some people believed that the fear of the suffragettes returning to a militant campaign after 1918, if their claims were not met, was the real reason why women were given the vote. Mohanjit Sekhon 10x1 ...read more.

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