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

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Explain why women failed to gain the right to vote between 1900 and 1914 There were many reasons as to why women failed to get the vote between 1900 and 1914, these are a mixture of long and short-term causes. For this assignment I'm going to determine these causes, stating whether they are long or short-term causes and explain how they contributed to the failure to gain the vote. People's attitudes were a large reason for this failure. In the nineteenth century people started to pave the way for a campaign for the vote for women, there was a negative attitude towards this from the majority of people. ...read more.

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Winston Churchill wrote: Only the most undesirable class of women are eager for this right. Those women who discharge their duty to the state by marrying and giving birth to children, are adequately represented by their husbands. Those who're unmarried can only claim a vote on the ground of property, which is not democratic. This is taken from a source on page 13 from The Suffragettes and After by J.F.Aylett. It demonstrates the attitudes of the men in power at the time. This attitude was a main factor in the women not getting the vote as it is part of all the other reasons aswell. I think it's the most important and therefore links all the others together. ...read more.

Conclusion

At first they had worked closely with the NUWSS but as time went on they became more and more violent and the NUWSS stood back from them and by 1913 the violence had reached its peak. The women had started attacks on golf course greens, started hunger strikes, and the peak was Emily Wilding Davison's death at the Derby in 1913. As they took more drastic measures more people turned against them, believing they were malicious and unreliable therefore didn't deserve the vote. This is seen as a short-term cause as it was brought about between 1909 and 1914. In my opinion the attitudes of people at the time was the most important reason for the failure of the suffrage movement between 1900 and 1914 as it is linked with all the other causes. ...read more.

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