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Discuss if women earned the vote not because of their contributions in the war years

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I believe that the women earned the vote not because of their contributions in the war years, but because of other reasons that were happening at the time. Many historians also agree with me view as they that the wartime opportunities were simply a "blip" in the system, and women's lives and roles returned to normal when the men returned from the war. This is an obvious sign that the women's war efforts were unappreciated by men. Source H is a piece of text from a history book called "Women's Suffrage in Britain", which also agrees with my view. It says that even though the newspaper reports of the time gave women workers a warm welcome; in farms, hospital and in factories they were greatly resented. Moreover, this was the reflecting of most men's attitude towards women at the time. They all preferred if women became nurses, providers of refreshments and mothers - a position with the least amount of responsibility and work. ...read more.

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women over 30). This can be explained further as women from all classes contributed to the war efforts. Upper class women advised the government on health and employment while the middle class women joined the Land Army in 1915. They were expected to look after the animals, plough, plant and harvest. It was tough, physical work done in all weathers. The women working in the munitions industry received the greatest publicity. The numbers working in the munitions and vehicle industry increased by over 200 times. In munitions industry, long hours were common and the working conditions were dangerous: many suffered from TNT poisoning, which turned their skin yellow (canaries) and explosions at the factories often killed many women. Despite the strong positive and negative views about if the women gained the vote because of their work between 1914 and 1918, there were still some mixed feelings on this matter. Source I is a piece of text from a history book called "Women at War 1914/1918" which says that the war brought votes for women is a very rough generalisation, but it does contain some truth. ...read more.

Conclusion

The best way to reward them for all their hard work and effort is the very thing most women had been fighting for many years - the right to vote. On the other hand, Britain was shocked by the Russian Revolution. The government thought such a social disorder in Russia could happen here in Britain. Many women had done valuable work during the war, but by 1918 they were being pressurised into returning to their old, domestic jobs. The chance that most of these women would join the suffrage can cause even more pandemonium with their campaigns than they had done before the war was too great. The government could not risk such a dangerous threat for something very small like the votes for women. Overall, I have shown many reasons for why I believe that women did not get the right to vote because of the things they did for the war. I say this because: women were resented in work places so they were unappreciated, and to prevent further violence by the suffragettes. Ronan 11T ...read more.

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