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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 Throughout the 19th Century, women made a lot of development in acquisitioning their rights. One major area were women were not identical to men was in politics; they were incapable to vote. This made countless number of women very furious and so because of this, two groups formed to campaign for the right to take part in elections; these were the Suffragists and the Suffragettes. Regardless of there hard work, by 1914 women still did not have the right to vote. Men were known to be better than women, so men had much more rights than women, for example, a Victorian woman had a small number of civil or political rights. A wife would have to obey her husband, until 1884 a wife was officially listed as one of her husband's possessions, in other words women were treated as objects. Victorian women were expected to live up to an ideal of being beautiful, loving and intelligent. ...read more.


The first group were the Suffragists, The leader of the movement, was Millicent Fawcett, from 1897 to 1919. They believed in campaigning peacefully for the vote, there method of campaigning was producing leaflets, organizing leaflets and meeting with MP's. These women gained a lot of success in getting MP's to support them but one problem they faced was that their progress was very slow. The second group were the Suffragettes, they were formed by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903; she was very unhappy about the slow progress and she felt that to be taken seriously, omen would have to be more aggressive. Their method of campaigning meant that they chained themselves to railings and interrupting political meetings. The problem with this was that they were too violent and they often got put into prison. This made many people think that women did not deserve the right to vote for the reasons that the leaders of the Liberal Party believed that women would vote conservative so they would not get into power any more. ...read more.


The Conservative Party was against women's suffrage and the Liberal Party needed to win votes to win the election. The government of the time also believed that they had much more important issues to deal with, for example after 1910, the government was faced by other crisis's, especially in Ireland furthermore, many MP's thought there were more important things to worry about than women's suffrage. There were many reasons why women failed to gain the right to vote, I feel that the most important reason why they failed to gain the right to vote was because of the violent activities that were produced by the Suffragettes. I think this because these violent stunts that were produced made the government think that if they give in now then they might face this type of problem again by a different group and so therefore by ignoring this type of behaviour would probably decrease it from happening. The inappropriate type of behaviour from the suffragettes also allowed people to think that women are very immature as they were doing very child like activities; this is also another reason why people thought that they were not capable to vote. Mohima Akther History -Page 1- ...read more.

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