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During the first world war, women helped greatly to the war effort by taking over the departed mens jobs. This may or may not have give the women the right to vote in 1918.

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Suffragette coursework 3 During the first world war, women helped greatly to the war effort by taking over the departed men's jobs. This may or may not have give the women the right to vote in 1918. It may have been the pressure put on the government by the suffragettes it may have been the tolerant attitude from the suffragists, I cannot tell. The suffragettes was founded by Emmeline Pankhurts in 1903 they were called the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). The WSPU was successful in getting the attention of the media until they had lost interest in the struggle for women's suffrage in 1905, the same year the WSPU decided to attain publicity in a different way than the methods of the suffragists. The method that the WSPU choose to use were getting into fights with police, setting fire to mail boxes, smashing windows, burning down houses and chaining themselves to railings, sometimes the suffragettes would go to the extreme to get their message across like hunger strikes and a really extreme case of militancy was the radical act of Emmile Davison in 1913 at a horse race, she jumped in front of the Kings while in a race. ...read more.

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These attitudes towards the WSPU did not encourage the to stop the militancy, the police constantly had to keep the WSPU in check. In 1913 the WSPU tried harder to achieve their goal of equality and they did this by destroying more public and private property. A lot of the women involved with these acts were arrested and sent to prison indefinitely. The WSPU protested by have hunger strikes until close to death, as a precaution they released them and would then arrest them again once they were again healthy. This was called the Cat and Mouse Act and was quiet affective. The Suffragists or the National Union of Women's Suffrage Society (NUWSS) was founded by Millicent Fawcett in 1897. Millicent Fawcett believed in a non-militant protest because she did not want to lose the trust of men and discredit women in England. Millicent Fawcett argued that if the government made laws that woman had to obey, she thought that women should help choose the government that chooses these laws. ...read more.

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During the war attitudes change towards women and their abilities you can see this by a picture publish 1917 by a magazine called the War Worker it depicts a working women and a male solider holding up the Union Jack. I think that this shows men and women as being equal and the men are acknowledging what women are doing for the war effort. Also a speech made by Prime Minster during 1908 and 1915 Herbert Asquith he said that '' How could we have carried out the war without women'' before the war he was against the vote for women and is now in favor of it. The work that women did in the war did play a really big part in getting women the vote in 1918, but was not the only part in getting the vote. If it was not for the publicity gain by the militant WSPU, or the patient of the NUWSS they would not have got the vote because the government would not know want the women in the UK wanted. ...read more.

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