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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? During the 19th century, women made a lot of progress in gaining their rights. One area that women were not equal to men was politics. They were not able to vote. This made some women very angry. Because of this, two groups formed to campaign for the right to vote. These were the Suffragists and the Suffragettes. Despite their best efforts, by 1914, women still did not have the right to vote and in this essay, I will explain why. In the 19th century, women were treated very badly. They were not equal to men, for example, women had no legal rights. Everything they had belonged to their fathers and husbands. Women were not allowed to study for a degree. ...read more.

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The second group were the Suffragettes. They were formed by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903. Their method of campaigning was violent and they disrupted meetings, threw stones at windows to get attention. The problem with this was that because the women were very violent, the men thought they don't deserve and have the right to vote. This made many people think that women did not deserve the right to vote because both the campaign weren't very effective. In the short term, this persuaded many people that women should not vote because the extreme activities of the suffragettes convinced many people that women were not sensible enough to deserve the vote. Asquith refused to give way to violent methods, as he feared this might encourage other groups to use the same methods. ...read more.

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Also, the government of the time believed that they had much more important issues to deal with such as Ireland. The liberal government could not decide which women to give the vote to. They could not give it to all women because not all men had the vote. One possibility was to give it to women householders but the liberals feared that these women would vote mainly conservative. There are many reasons why women failed to gain the right to vote. I think that the most important reason was when the two campaigns were formed. The Suffragists and Suffragettes were very effective. In fact, it made things worse. For example, the Suffragettes were very violent, it made many people convinced that they did not deserve the vote and they were not sensible enough, which was very important. ...read more.

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