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Explain why women failed to gain the right to vote between 1900-1914.

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Explain why women failed to gain the right to vote between 1900-1914 Women failed to gain the right to vote between 1900-1914 for a variety of reasons. One of the main problems facing women was the attitude of men. Men treated women as inferior, they treated women as not intelligent, weak, frail and 'silly' Some women also thought that they themselves weren't equal to men, the most famous being Queen Victoria. Also a woman called Marie Corelli. She wrote the book 'woman or Suffragette?' in 1907, in an extract of the book she wrote "But the truth is that women were and are destined to make voters rather than be voters themselves" In this quote from her book it means she believes women shouldn't vote. ...read more.


They also met with politicians and argued their case. By 1900 over half of all MP's said they wished to give the vote to women, Millicent Fawcett claimed her movement was like a glacier':it might be slow moving but it was powerful and unstoppable'. The Suffragettes on the other hand used completely different methods to get their point across, methods such as deliberately getting arrested and sent to prison. They also occasionally attacked properties by breaking windows etc. The suffragettes (The WSPU) thought that the tactics of the NUWSS, and their peaceful campaigns were getting them nowhere. The WSPU run by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters not only wanted the right to vote but also wanted to campaign for better working and living conditions for women. ...read more.


People found these new methods too extreme and so the Suffragettes lost the vote of some women. They were using 'terrorist' sort of methods to show their seriousness in gaining the right to vote. The government didn't react well to the violence of the Suffragettes, people deemed the violence as unnecessary and unlawful. Many men were shocked by the womens actions. This only made Asquith more determined to stick with his views and the violence gave a new answer as to why not to give in to the women. He thought that if he gave in perhaps other groups would rebel against society. In conclusion women failed to gain the right to vote between 1900-1914 as they were using unlawful methods, such as sabotage. Also society wasn't ready for the new change and thought women had a set role, such as being mothers etc. Men especially had this point of view, men in 'power' such as Asquith. ...read more.

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