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Explain Why Women Didn't Get The Vote Between 1900 and 1914?

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Explain Why Women Didn't Get The Vote Between 1900 and 1914? It was by no means a new thing that women were campaigning for 'universal suffrage' before 1900. Indeed it can be traced back as far as 1776 when the American Abigail Adams called for the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to recognise women when drafting the declaration of independence. Closer to home in 1792 Mary Wollstonecraft wrote a book called 'vindication of rights for women' which clearly advocated equality between men and women thus laying the foundations for a feminist movement. So, what we have to realise is that although this essay is largely centred around women failing to get the vote between 1900-1914, SOME women wanted the vote long before then. Before 1857, the laws seemed to have been extremely harsh unjustifiably to women and it became the most apparent with regards to the marriage laws. However, it was recognised by many men as well as women that the law was "very barbarous and very shocking" A lawyers Verdict page 310,source material and ...read more.


Their policy was that "we want votes for women and we don't want to wait for it." Christabel Pankhurst, w.s.p.u meeting, 1905 The Suffragettes started off relatively peacefully but soon the plunged into a protest of violence - which cost them a lot of their original support e.g., David Lloyd George who although was said to be a supporter of women's suffrage had his house attacked in February 1913. They vandalised Oxford Street, fire bombed homes and Golf courses were vandalised. Many people felt sympathy for the suffragists trying to get the vote before this bout of violence including men - i.e. John Stuart Mill, Lord Lytton, - however many people felt the suffragettes had gone too far thus losing support. This is a reason why women didn't get the vote between 1900 and 1914. Why didn't Women Get The Vote Between 1900 - 1914? 1. Asquith Herbert Asquith was Liberal prime minister of Great Britain from 1908 to 1916 and is one of the most major aspects of why women didn't get the vote in 1900 - 1914. ...read more.


They did this by: * Not trusting women to vote, some men claiming "Women can be intelligent, but not with regards to politics". Frederick Ryland 1896, the girls own paper. * Saying most women wouldn't even bother to vote. Men were also scared that women would outnumber them in the polls as there was said to be 1,000,000 more women than men. So really this contradicts what they said about women not even bothering to vote. So to sum up, although parliament wasn't letting women vote, society was a very crucial reason of why women didn't get the vote between 1900 - 1914. Conclusion So to sum up, women had been campaigning peacefully for the vote for 150 years and got nowhere. Then when they began bouts of violence they lost a lot of their original support. But, we really have to ask did they have any choice? Personally I feel that women did well to patiently wait for 150 years peacefully and that is why I feel they had the vote long before. But in 1914 the First World War began, could that have a massive affect on women's rights. ...read more.

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