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Do you agree with the view that the militancy of the suffragettes was the main reason why women had not been given the vote by 1914? Explain your answer. There are many reasons why women had not been given the vote by 1914

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Do you agree with the view that the militancy of the suffragettes was the main reason why women had not been given the vote by 1914? Explain your answer. There are many reasons why women had not been given the vote by 1914, and the militancy of the suffragettes was definitely one of them. It most certainly could have been the main reason, but it was not the only one. However, one large reason that women were not given the vote was because of the suffragettes' stance on who got the vote. They were campaigning for equal rather than universal suffrage. The Labour party and other socialists did not believe this was right, as the women who were campaigning for equal franchise were all middle class and did not have much to do with the working classes - women or men. As there was no universal suffrage for men, them it could not be expected that only women should have universal suffrage, as it was more likely that men's suffrage would become universal before women got the vote at all. ...read more.


The NUWSS were very anti militancy tactics, and preferred peace, even in the First World War, where some members were very anti war. This showed the campaigners very divided, especially about whom to campaign to give the vote to. It could therefore be said that if the women presented a united front to the Government, then they would have been more likely to receive the vote before 1914. Instead, there were many splits and divisions in these women, which confused the Government, as they did not know who to support and give the vote to. The Government also had other, more important issues to deal with, for example the imminent civil war in Ireland, and the increasing likeliness of a huge war that would in time involve the whole world. The militancy of the suffragettes put many politicians against them. They lobbied all politicians from all parties, regardless of their stance on women's franchise. ...read more.


The militancy was also beginning to just be used for publicity, and MPs could see that, so used the fact that the WSPU for example was not that bothered about getting the vote, just about gaining publicity, in Parliamentary debates to show why women should not be trusted to have the vote. This became evident as the acts of militancy became increasingly wild and out of hand. However, the militancy ended up in a stalemate, The more militant the WSPU became, the more reluctant Parliament was to grant women the vote, and the more firmly Parliament stood on the issue of suffrage, the more violent and desperate the suffragettes became. Yet the First World War in 1914 ended this, but women still had not gained the vote, even though many employed what they thought was the best measure; militancy. However, this tactic is show to have hindered more than it helped, and is one reason, and probably the main reason why women did not have the vote in 1914. ?? ?? ?? ?? Robyn Berry 12BDU History Mr Warner ...read more.

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