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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 my essay I am going to explain why women failed to gain the right to vote between 1900 and 1914. To do this I will include why women were seen as inferior, whether it had been that way for years, were women too sensitive, who were the suffragettes, and what they did and the opinions of important people such as Queen Victoria. Life before the vote for women was intolerable. They were seen as lower class citizens. They had no legal existence. They were not allowed to legally own any of there possessions and if they did have any they were her husbands possessions. They also couldn't divorce as the law thought that only men had the right on the grounds of adultery. One reason why they didn't get the vote was because they were seen as inferior. The men would do what they wanted. They thought that men were put on the earth to be a born leader where as women were supposed to stay at home and cook and clean. In the eyes of the law at the time men had overall rights over the women. ...read more.

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Mrs Millicent Fawcett the leader of the petition to parliament in 1902 believed in constitution campaigning. The idea that both groups weakened each other did have in my opinion a massive effect on them not getting the vote. From the men's point of view you can see why they didn't help each other. First of all you had the suffragists who were intent on getting equal opportunities for everybody where as the suffragettes wanted just to campaign for women's right to vote secondly the suffragists were peaceful and suffragettes were violent. This meant they clashed extremely badly. The men only had to look at these two groups of women and they saw that if they can't get along politically then they wouldn't get along when given power. This is proved when in 1911 the government promised a conciliation bill, which won all the suffragists party support. They suspended all militant action and got a majority of 167. The suffragette's response was to escalate their campaign of violence. They smashed windows, bombed churches and damaged cricket pitches and golf courses. The government also blocked all the changes attempted by the suffragettes and suffragists. ...read more.

Conclusion

He had a big influence on public opinion and therefore might be able to change people's opinion. There were long-term reasons why women didn't get the vote and short-term reasons why they didn't get the vote. The long-term reasons were traditional views of men and employment up to the 1900s. The short term reasons were the actions of the suffragettes because the public took a dim view of there violent methods of trying to get noticed and the opinion of the Queen was important because many people respected what she thought and what she says goes. They didn't get the vote because men were so set against women having equal rights there was no way they could even conceive what the women wanted. The male dominated society could not understand why women were not content with living with them and having no jobs or life. All the women wanted was equal rights but the men were too frightened the women could be strong and fight for themselves. They simply were just scared and were never willing to let them have the vote. As it was the males that generally dominated and dictated how society was run. It was hard for them to accept that women who made their homes comfortable and looked after the children would want the vote. Nicole Appleby 5/9/07 ...read more.

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