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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 In the following essay I will talk to you about why the women of Britain did not achieve the right to vote in the early nineteenth century. I will inform you of the women's arguments for why they thought they should be allowed to vote, and also the argument against women gaining the right to vote. Most people didn't like the idea of women having the right to vote. They thought that women weren't capable of making sensible judgments on political issues, and they also thought of politics as being 'unfeminine', maybe because they'd never ever given women the opportunity to even step into politics and see what it's like. Even the queen of the time, Queen Victoria wasn't in favour of giving women the vote and she quoted it as 'mad, wicked folly'. However I don't blame the people for not wanting to give women the right to vote because in all this time, women had never been given the chance to prove themselves worthy of something more than just a housewife because the community had always pushed them down and treated them as something lower than themselves. ...read more.

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from her elbow. The government named this poster (the Shrieking Sister) because the suffragettes were seen as very rude and ill-mannered. A quote beneath it read "You help our cause? Why, you're its worst enemy". However, there were also a group of women called the Suffragists. Their aim was the same as that of the Suffragettes, but their techniques of persuasion were totally opposite. They used various methods such as meetings, petitions, persuasion, propaganda, reasoned argument and a few others, not violence. However their methods weren't so useful either because they weren't really being listened to, so they decided that they would take more violent action to make themselves heard. The women were trying their best to persuade people that they were capable of making wise decisions for their country when it came to the elections, but the people just didn't want to listen. The suffragettes designed the following poster which they thought would make people think twice before rejecting their cause, and in my opinion it was quite effective because it stated the pure truth. ...read more.

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The women welcomed this opportunity with open arms because they knew that it would benefit them greatly, and would also change the way people thought of them. During the First World War women proved to the whole of Britain that they were just as good as the men and could take on anything that the men could take on. They also showed a huge amount of responsibility and dedication towards their new 'jobs' even though they knew that they were going to be temporary until the men were back from the war. This showed that the vote would be used sensibly by the women and also that they were capable of making prudent decisions for their country. In conclusion I believe that women didn't gain the right to vote before 1914 simply because they had never had a chance to prove themselves to people or had the chance to reveal their hidden talents until the First World War occurred. However once they their capability had been acknowledged and recognized by the rest of Britain, gaining the right to vote wasn't that big a problem. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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